Definitions for PLYplaɪ
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
(v.t.)to work with diligently; employ busily; wield:
to ply the needle.
to carry on, practice, or pursue busily or steadily:
to ply a trade.
to assail repeatedly or persistently:
to ply horses with a whip.
to supply or offer something pressingly to:
to ply a person with drink.
to address persistently, as with questions; importune.
to pass over or along (a river, stream, etc.) steadily or regularly:
boats plying the Mississippi.
(v.i.)to run or travel regularly over a fixed course or between certain places, as a boat or bus.
to perform one's work or office busily or steadily:
to ply with the oars.
Origin of ply:
1300–50; ME plien, aph. var. of aplien to apply
a thickness or layer.
a layer of reinforcing fabric for an automobile tire.
a unit of yarn:
one of the sheets of veneer glued together to make plywood.
Category: Common Vocabulary, Building Trades
bent, bias, or inclination.
Origin of ply:
1300–50; ME plien < MF plier to fold, bend, var. of ployer, OF pleier < L plicāre to fold; see fold1
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
Translations for PLY
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
an old word for to work at
He plies his trade as weaver.
- verrig werkAfrikaans
- يَعْمَل ، يَشْتَغِل كَArabic
- exercerPortuguese (BR)
- ασκώ επάγγελμα (αρχ.)Greek
- ametit pidamaEstonian
- کار کردنFarsi
- harjoittaa ammattiaFinnish
- exercer (un métier)French
- לְהַצִיע שֵׁירוּתִיםHebrew
- raditi sCroatian
- iðka, vinna viðIcelandic
- (일, 장사를) 하다Korean
- strādāt, pūlētiesLatvian
- utøve, driveNorwegian
- uprawiać, pracowaćPolish
- کار کردنPersian
- كار كولPashto
- a-şi face meseria (de)Romanian
- raditi svoj posaoSerbian
- arbeta trägetSwedish
- çalışmak, (işini) yapmakTurkish
- 從事Chinese (Trad.)
- làm việcVietnamese
- 从事Chinese (Simp.)
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