DEEn Dictionary De - En
DeEs De - Es
DePt De - Pt
 Vocabulary trainer

Spec. subjects Grammar Abbreviations Random search Preferences
Search in Sprachauswahl
Search for:
Mini search box
English Dictionary: Ply by the DICT Development Group
5 results for Ply
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  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
  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
                     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.

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.
      2. Bent; turn; direction; bias.
                     The late learners can not so well take the ply.
                     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.
      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.
                     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]:
      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.
No guarantee of accuracy or completeness!
©TU Chemnitz, 2006-2019
Your feedback:
Ad partners

Sprachreise mit Sprachdirekt