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  1. consisting of two thicknesses, layers, strands, or the like.
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Origin of two-ply

First recorded in 1840–50
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Examples from the Web for two-ply

Historical Examples

  • Two-ply felt roofing is more economical than the one-ply, as it makes a much more lasting roof.

    Making a Poultry House

    Mary Roberts Conover

  • Kidderminster, kid′ėr-min-stėr, n. a kind of carpet (two-ply or ingrain carpet), from the town.

  • These materials are spun in two-ply thread twisted partly upon the thigh of the weaver and finished on a spindle.

  • All ribs and segments were cut to size on the ground, put together in place, and then covered with lagging and two-ply tar paper.

  • It is practically a variety of damask or two-ply weaving; the figures on the opposite side of the belt being different.

    Navajo weavers

    Washington Matthews

British Dictionary definitions for two-ply


  1. made of two thicknesses, layers, or strands
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noun plural -plies
  1. a two-ply wood, knitting yarn, etc
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