- a movement in which the knees are bent while the back is held straight.
Origin of plié
- to work with or at diligently; employ busily; use: to ply the needle.
- to carry on, practice, or pursue busily or steadily: to ply a trade.
- to treat with or apply to (something) repeatedly (often followed by with): to ply a fire with fresh fuel.
- to assail persistently: to ply horses with a whip.
- to supply with or offer something pressingly to: to ply a person with drink.
- to address (someone) persistently or importunately, as with questions, solicitations, etc.; importune.
- to pass over or along (a river, stream, etc.) steadily or on a regular basis: boats that ply the Mississippi.
- to run or travel regularly over a fixed course or between certain places, as a boat, bus, etc.
- to perform one's work or office busily or steadily: to ply with the oars; to ply at a trade.
Origin of ply1
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- British Dialect. to bend, fold, or mold.
- Obsolete. to bend, incline, or yield.
Origin of ply2
Examples from the Web for plies
He is very feverish; he awakes at every instant, almost, and then plies me with questions.The Downfall
And it's a fine trade that she plies, selling other people's milk.Fruitfulness
He plies the slow, unhonoured, and unpaid task of observation.Retrospect of Western Travel, Volume II (of 2)
Night after night she plies her task, and she comes first to him who longs for her most.The Queen Bee and Other Nature Stories
The folds, the creases, and the plies instil life into the work.
- a classic ballet practice posture with back erect and knees bent
- to carry on, pursue, or work at (a job, trade, etc)
- to manipulate or wield (a tool)
- to sell (goods, wares, etc), esp at a regular place
- (usually foll by with) to provide (with) or subject (to) repeatedly or persistentlyhe plied us with drink the whole evening; to ply a horse with a whip; he plied the speaker with questions
- (intr) to perform or work steadily or diligentlyto ply with a spade
- (also intr) (esp of a ship) to travel regularly along (a route) or in (an area)to ply between Dover and Calais; to ply the trade routes
- a layer, fold, or thickness, as of cloth, wood, yarn, etc
- (in combination)four-ply
- a thin sheet of wood glued to other similar sheets to form plywood
- one of the strands twisted together to make rope, yarn, etc
- to twist together (two or more single strands) to make yarn
Word Origin and History for plies
in ballet, 1892, from French plié, from plier literally "to bend," from Old French ploier (see ply (n.)).
"work with, use," late 14c., shortened form of applien "join to, apply" (see apply). The core of this is Latin plicare "to lay, fold, twist," from PIE root *plek- "to plait, twist" (cf. Greek plekein "to plait, twine," plektos "twisted;" Latin plectere (past participle plexus) "to plait, braid, intertwine;" Old Church Slavonic plesti "to braid, plait, twist;" Gothic flahta "braid;" Old English fleax "cloth made with flax, linen").
Sense of "travel regularly" is first 1803, perhaps from earlier sense "steer a course" (1550s). Related: Plied; plies; plying.
"to bend," late 14c., plien, from Old French plier, earlier pleier "to fold, bend," from Latin plicare "to lay, fold, twist" (see ply (v.1)). Related: Plied; plies; plying.