ply


ply
ply
ply1 [plī]
vt.
plied, plying [ME plien < OFr plier < L plicare, to fold < IE base * plek-, to entwine > FLAX]
Now Rare to bend, twist, fold, or mold
vi.
Obs. to bend or submit
n.
pl. plies [MFr pli < the v.]
1. a single thickness, fold, or layer, as of doubled cloth, plywood, etc.
2. one of the twisted strands in rope, yarn, etc.
3.
a) the state of being bent or twisted
b) bias or inclination
adj.
having (a specified number of) layers, thicknesses, or strands: usually in hyphenated compounds [three-ply]
ply2 [plī]
vt.
plied, plying [ME plien, aphetic for applien, APPLY]
1. to do work with; wield or use (a tool, faculty, etc.), esp. with energy
2. to work at (a trade)
3. to address (someone) urgently and constantly (with questions, etc.)
4. to keep supplying (with gifts, food, drink, etc.)
5. to sail regularly back and forth across [boats ply the channel]
vi.
1. to keep busy or work (at something or with a tool, etc.)
2. to travel regularly (between places): said of ships, buses, etc.
3. Old Poet. to steer a course
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  • ply — [plaɪ] verb plied PTandPP JOURNALISM 1. [transitive] to sell something: • 60 retailers were plying their products on the radio. 2. ply your trade to work at your job or business: • two outdoor …   Financial and business terms

  • Ply — Ply, n. [Cf. F. pli, fr. plier. See {Ply}, v.] 1. A fold; a plait; a turn or twist, as of a cord. Arbuthnot. [1913 Webster] 2. Bent; turn; direction; bias. [1913 Webster] The late learners can not so well take the ply. Bacon. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ply — Ply, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Plied}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Plying}.] [OE. plien, F. plier to fold, to bend, fr. L. plicare; akin to Gr. ?, G. flechten. Cf. {Apply}, {Complex}, {Display}, {Duplicity}, {Employ}, {Exploit}, {Implicate}, {Plait}, {Pliant},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ply — Ⅰ. ply [1] ► NOUN (pl. plies) 1) a thickness or layer of a folded or laminated material. 2) each of a number of multiple layers or strands of which something is made. ORIGIN French pli fold , from Latin plicare to fold . Ⅱ. pl …   English terms dictionary

  • Ply — Ply, v. i. 1. To bend; to yield. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] It would rather burst atwo than plye. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] The willow plied, and gave way to the gust. L Estrange. [1913 Webster] 2. To act, go, or work diligently and steadily; especially …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ply|er — «PLY uhr», noun. = plier. (Cf. ↑plier) …   Useful english dictionary

  • ply — I verb busy oneself with, carry on, devote oneself to, do work with, employ, engage in, exercere, exercise, exploit, handle, make use of, manipulate, occupy oneself with, operate, persevere at, practice, pursue, put in practice, put into effect,… …   Law dictionary

  • ply — vb *handle, manipulate, wield, swing Analogous words: exercise, *practice, drill: operate, work, function (see ACT vb): manage, direct, control, *conduct …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • ply — [v] use, work at carry on, dispense, employ, exercise, exert, follow, function, handle, maneuver, manipulate, practice, pursue, put out, swing, throw, utilize, wield; concepts 100,225 Ant. be lazy, idle …   New thesaurus

  • ply — am·ply; ap·ply; crum·ply; dim·ply; du·ply; im·ply; mul·ti·ply·ing; pan·o·ply; pim·ply; ply·er; ply·gain; ply·mo·the·an; ply·mo·thi·an; ply; pop·ply; pur·ply; quad·ru·ply; quin·tu·ply; rip·ply; rum·ply; sim·ply; stip·ply; tip·ply; tri·ply;… …   English syllables


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