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Definition of PLY

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Ply \Ply\, v. i.
     1. To bend; to yield. [Obs.]
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              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, to do something by repeated actions; to go back and forth; as, a steamer plies between certain ports. [1913 Webster]

              Ere half these authors be read (which will soon be with plying hard and daily).          --Milton. [1913 Webster]

              He was forced to ply in the streets as a porter.
                                                    --Addison. [1913 Webster]

              The heavy hammers and mallets plied.  --Longfellow. [1913 Webster]

     3. (Naut.) To work to windward; to beat.
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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

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}, {Flax}.]
     1. To bend. [Obs.]
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              As men may warm wax with handes plie. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

     2. 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. [1913 Webster]

              And plies him with redoubled strokes  --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

              He plies the duke at morning and at night. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     3. To employ diligently; to use steadily.
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              Go ply thy needle; meddle not.        --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     4. To practice or perform with diligence; to work at. [1913 Webster]

              Their bloody task, unwearied, still they ply.
                                                    --Waller. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

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.
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     2. Bent; turn; direction; bias.
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              The late learners can not so well take the ply.
                                                    --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

              Boswell, and others of Goldsmith's contemporaries, .
              . . did not understand the secret plies of his character.                            --W. Irving. [1913 Webster]

              The czar's mind had taken a strange ply, which it retained to the last.                 --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

     Note: Ply is used in composition to designate folds, or the number of webs interwoven; as, a three-ply carpet. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

242 Moby Thesaurus words for "ply":
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