[ three-plahy ]

  1. consisting of three thicknesses, laminations, strands, or the like.

Origin of three-ply

First recorded in 1865–70

Words Nearby three-ply Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use three-ply in a sentence

  • Through these holes the cord was passed, and when tied, formed a powerful stitch of three-ply.

    The Coral Island | R.M. Ballantyne
  • Another type of machine automatically manufactures two and three-ply paper cans such as are used widely for cereal packages.

    All About Coffee | William H. Ukers
  • The anterior and posterior lobes of the plastron had been folded over the bridge, forming a three-ply thickness of bone.

  • The modern case has a bottom made of three-ply wood, the middle layer having the grain across that of the other two.

  • I have described how the ends of the blanket are bordered with a stout three-ply string applied to the folds of the warp.

    Navajo weavers | Washington Matthews

British Dictionary definitions for three-ply


  1. having three layers or thicknesses

    • (of knitting wool, etc) three-stranded

    • (as noun): the sweater was knitted in three-ply

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