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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

plyplaɪ(v.)plied, ply•ing.

  1. (v.t.)to work with diligently; employ busily; wield:

    to ply the needle.

  2. to carry on, practice, or pursue busily or steadily:

    to ply a trade.

  3. to assail repeatedly or persistently:

    to ply horses with a whip.

  4. to supply or offer something pressingly to:

    to ply a person with drink.

  5. to address persistently, as with questions; importune.

  6. to pass over or along (a river, stream, etc.) steadily or regularly:

    boats plying the Mississippi.

  7. (v.i.)to run or travel regularly over a fixed course or between certain places, as a boat or bus.

  8. 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


  1. a thickness or layer.

  2. a layer of reinforcing fabric for an automobile tire.

    Category: Automotive

  3. a unit of yarn:

    single ply.

  4. one of the sheets of veneer glued together to make plywood.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Building Trades

  5. 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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. ply(noun)

    one of the strands twisted together to make yarn or rope or thread; often used in combination

    "three-ply cord"; "four-ply yarn"

  2. ply(verb)

    (usually in combinations) one of several layers of cloth or paper or wood as in plywood

  3. provide, supply, ply, cater(verb)

    give what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance

    "The hostess provided lunch for all the guests"

  4. ply(verb)

    apply oneself diligently

    "Ply one's trade"

  5. ply, run(verb)

    travel a route regularly

    "Ships ply the waters near the coast"

  6. ply(verb)

    join together as by twisting, weaving, or molding

    "ply fabric"

  7. ply(verb)

    wield vigorously

    "ply an axe"

  8. ply(verb)

    use diligently

    "ply your wits!"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ply(verb)

    to bend

  2. Ply(verb)

    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

  3. Ply(verb)

    to employ diligently; to use steadily

  4. Ply(verb)

    to practice or perform with diligence; to work at

  5. Ply(verb)

    to bend; to yield

  6. Ply(verb)

    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

  7. Ply(verb)

    to work to windward; to beat

  8. Ply

    a fold; a plait; a turn or twist, as of a cord

  9. Ply

    bent; turn; direction; bias

Translations for PLY

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


an old word for to work at

He plies his trade as weaver.

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