one of the strands twisted together to make yarn or rope or thread; often used in combination
"three-ply cord"; "four-ply yarn"
(usually in combinations) one of several layers of cloth or paper or wood as in plywood
provide, supply, ply, cater(verb)
give what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance
"The hostess provided lunch for all the guests"
apply oneself diligently
"Ply one's trade"
travel a route regularly
"Ships ply the waters near the coast"
join together as by twisting, weaving, or molding
"ply an axe"
"ply your wits!"
to lay on closely, or in folds; to work upon steadily, or with repeated acts; to press upon; to urge importunately; as, to ply one with questions, with solicitations, or with drink
to employ diligently; to use steadily
to practice or perform with diligence; to work at
to bend; to yield
to act, go, or work diligently and steadily; especially, to do something by repeated actions; to go back and forth; as, a steamer plies between certain ports
to work to windward; to beat
a fold; a plait; a turn or twist, as of a cord
bent; turn; direction; bias
Origin: [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, Flax.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
plī, v.t. to work at steadily: to use diligently: to urge: to address with importunity.—v.i. to work steadily: to go in haste: to make regular passages, as a boat, between two ports: (naut.) to make way against the wind:—pa.t. and pa.p. plied.—n. a fold: bent: direction.—n. Ply′er. [O. Fr. plier, to fold—L. plicāre, to bend.]
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The numerical value of PLY in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of PLY in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
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I'm scared to ply the trade on the street.
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