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English Dictionary: Ply by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
ply
n
  1. one of the strands twisted together to make yarn or rope or thread; often used in combination; "three-ply cord"; "four- ply yarn"
  2. (usually in combinations) one of several layers of cloth or paper or wood as in plywood
v
  1. give what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance; "The hostess provided lunch for all the guests"
    Synonym(s): provide, supply, ply, cater
  2. apply oneself diligently; "Ply one's trade"
  3. travel a route regularly; "Ships ply the waters near the coast"
    Synonym(s): ply, run
  4. join together as by twisting, weaving, or molding; "ply fabric"
  5. wield vigorously; "ply an axe"
  6. use diligently; "ply your wits!"
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   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.]
  
                     As men may warm wax with handes plie. --Chaucer.
  
      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.
  
                     And plies him with redoubled strokes   --Dryden.
  
                     He plies the duke at morning and at night. --Shak.
  
      3. To employ diligently; to use steadily.
  
                     Go ply thy needle; meddle not.            --Shak.
  
      4. To practice or perform with diligence; to work at.
  
                     Their bloody task, unwearied, still they ply.
                                                                              --Waller.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   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.
  
      2. Bent; turn; direction; bias.
  
                     The late learners can not so well take the ply.
                                                                              --Bacon.
  
                     Boswell, and others of Goldsmith's contemporaries, .
                     . . did not understand the secret plies of his
                     character.                                          --W. Irving.
  
                     The czar's mind had taken a strange ply, which it
                     retained to the last.                        --Macaulay.
  
      Note: Ply is used in composition to designate folds, or the
               number of webs interwoven; as, a three-ply carpet.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Ply \Ply\, v. i.
      1. To bend; to yield. [Obs.]
  
                     It would rather burst atwo than plye. --Chaucer.
  
                     The willow plied, and gave way to the gust.
                                                                              --L'Estrange.
  
      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.
  
                     Ere half these authors be read (which will soon be
                     with plying hard and daily).               --Milton.
  
                     He was forced to ply in the streets as a porter.
                                                                              --Addison.
  
                     The heavy hammers and mallets plied.   --Longfellow.
  
      3. (Naut.) To work to windward; to beat.

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (15Feb98) [foldoc]:
   ply
  
      1. Of a {node} in a {tree}, the number of
      {branches} between that node and the {root}.
  
      2. Of a tree, the maximum ply of any of its nodes.
  
      (1998-12-29)
  
  
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