ply

1
[ plahy ]
/ plaɪ /

verb (used with object), plied, ply·ing.

verb (used without object), plied, ply·ing.

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.

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Origin of ply

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1300–50; Middle English plien, aphetic variant of aplien to apply

OTHER WORDS FROM ply

ply·ing·ly, adverb

Definition for ply (2 of 2)

ply2
[ plahy ]
/ plaɪ /

noun, plural plies.

verb (used with object), plied, ply·ing.

British Dialect. to bend, fold, or mold.

verb (used without object), plied, ply·ing.

Obsolete. to bend, incline, or yield.

Origin of ply

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1300–50; Middle English plien (v.) < Middle French plier to fold, bend, variant of ployer, Old French pleier < Latin plicāre to fold; see fold1
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British Dictionary definitions for ply (1 of 2)

ply1
/ (plaɪ) /

verb plies, plying or plied (mainly tr)

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

Word Origin for ply

C14 plye, short for aplye to apply

British Dictionary definitions for ply (2 of 2)

ply2
/ (plaɪ) /

noun plural plies

  1. a layer, fold, or thickness, as of cloth, wood, yarn, etc
  2. (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

verb (tr)

to twist together (two or more single strands) to make yarn

Word Origin for ply

C15: from Old French pli fold, from plier to fold, from Latin plicāre
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