Definitions of ply

  1. provide what is desired or needed, esp. support, food or sustenance; " The hostess provided lunch for all the guests"
  2. apply oneself diligently; " Ply one's trade"
  3. ( usually in combination) one of several layers of cloth or paper or wood as in plywood
  4. one of the strands twisted together to make yarn or rope or thread; often used in combination; " three- ply cord"; " four- ply yarn"
  5. use diligently; " ply your wits!"
  6. wield vigorously; " ply an axe"
  7. travel a route regularly; " Ships ply the waters near the coast"
  8. ( usually in combinations) one of several layers of cloth or paper or wood as in plywood
  9. To bend.
  10. 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.
  11. To employ diligently; to use steadily.
  12. To practice or perform with diligence; to work at.
  13. To bend; to yield.
  14. 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.
  15. To work to windward; to beat.
  16. A fold; a plait; a turn or twist, as of a cord.
  17. Bent; turn; direction; bias.
  18. To work at steadily; as, to ply a trade; use diligently or earnestly; as, to ply an oar; to urge insistently; as, to ply one with questions.
  19. To run regularly between two ports, as a boat; work steadily.
  20. A web, or layer, as in a carpet.
  21. Plied.
  22. Plying.
  23. To work at steadily: to urge.
  24. To work steadily: to go in haste: to make regular passages between two ports: ( naut.) to make way against the wind:- pa. t. and pa. p. plied.
  25. A fold.
  26. To make regular trips between two places.
  27. To work at steadily; urge.
  28. To work at or use with diligence.
  29. To go back and forth.
  30. To be busy.
  31. To proceed in haste.
  32. A web, layer, or thickness.
  33. A fold; a plait; bent; bias.
  34. To employ with diligence; to keep busy; to solicit; to urge.
  35. To bend; to work steadily; to come and go regularly; to go in haste; to endeavour to make way against the wind.
  36. A fold; a plait.

Usage examples for ply

  1. After she had gone, I sought out the doctor in the library and began to ply him with questions, of which, as usual, a store had accumulated in my mind overnight. – Equality by Edward Bellamy
  2. It is very easy to understand this prejudice because the lake lies in a region of present volcanic activity, where in the summer on perfectly calm sunny days it sometimes lashes itself into great waves that are dangerous not only to the native fishing boats but also to the large Russian passenger steamers that ply on the lake. – Beasts, Men and Gods by Ferdinand Ossendowski
  3. There are fifty young women in his palace at home who ply their hard tasks and bear the servant's lot. – Primitive Love and Love-Stories by Henry Theophilus Finck
  4. The canoe moves on, slowly, noiselessly; here the water is only three inches deep, but the soft bottom yields as the strong young arms ply the paddle. – Hildegarde's Neighbors by Laura E. Richards
  5. By continuing to ply this ferry you're showing contempt for the law, and the law is going to punish you. – Shining Ferry by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  6. We then made sail, and continued to ply to windward. – A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 16 by Robert Kerr
  7. He could not chop or ply the shovel, and it was with difficulty that his companions had borne his cooking, while it seemed scarcely likely that anybody would have much use for him in a country that is run by the young and strong. – The Gold Trail by Harold Bindloss
  8. Which to make vp, our Nimphes shall ply Into a curious Canopy. – Minor Poems of Michael Drayton by Michael Drayton
  9. The open space by the side of the ship proved an advantage to me while making the cross- section, as it allowed me to ply my blade freely through the planks. – The Boy Tar by Mayne Reid
  10. But men who ply their wits in such a school, Must pray the mercy of the knave and fool. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  11. Ply ran on in front because he caught sight of Miss Scatcherd ... – When Ghost Meets Ghost by William Frend De Morgan
  12. Most weavers of drama, of course, are perfectly sincere when they start out to ply their shuttles; but how many persevere in that mood to the end of their plays, in defiance of outside consideration? – Another Sheaf by John Galsworthy
  13. That we might do the Spaniards as much honour as possible, it was determined, in a council of war, that five of our largest ships should attack the fort on one side, while the battery, strengthened by two mortars and twenty- four cohorns, should ply it on the other. – The Adventures of Roderick Random by Tobias Smollett
  14. They sat upon the shoemaker's bench, took up all the work that was cut out, and began to ply their little fingers. – Good Stories For Great Holidays Arranged for Story-Telling and Reading Aloud and for the Children's Own Reading by Frances Jenkins Olcott
  15. I suppose, according to the theory of some educators, now, when she was thoroughly worn out and hungry, would have been the psychological moment to ply her with prunes. – Dear Enemy by Jean Webster
  16. You, who remain to the feast, 'tis your duty to devour dish after dish and not to ply empty jaws. – The Eleven Comedies by Aristophanes et al
  17. Here lie the steamers that ply slowly on the shallow river. – The Vultures by Henry Seton Merriman
  18. They find the good and destroy the ill, And they bend and ply The laws of nature out of a will While the fates deny. – Toward the Gulf by Edgar Lee Masters