• WordNet 3.6
    • v plait weave into plaits "plait hair"
    • v plait make by braiding or interlacing "lace a tablecloth"
    • n plait any of various types of fold formed by doubling fabric back upon itself and then pressing or stitching into shape
    • n plait a hairdo formed by braiding or twisting the hair
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Plait A braid, as of hair or straw; a plat.
    • Plait A flat fold; a doubling, as of cloth; a pleat; as, a box plait . "The plaits and foldings of the drapery."
    • Plait To fold; to double in narrow folds; to pleat; as, to plait a ruffle.
    • Plait To interweave the strands or locks of; to braid; to plat; as, to plait hair; to plait rope.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n plait A flattened gather or fold; an over-lapping fold made by doubling cloth or some similar fabric in narrow strips upon itself.
    • n plait A braid, as of hair, straw, etc.
    • n plait Rope-yarn strands braided into sennit.
    • plait To fold; double in narrow strips: as, to plait a gown or a sleeve. See plaiting and box-plaiting.
    • plait To braid; interweave the locks or strands of: as, to plait the hair.
    • plait To mat; felt.
    • plait To twist; twine.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Plait plāt a fold: a doubling over, as of cloth upon itself: a braid
    • v.t Plait to fold: to double in narrow folds: to interweave
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  • Denis Diderot
    “His hands would plait the priests guts, if he had no rope, to strangle kings.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. playte, OF. pleit, L. plicatum, plicitum, p. p. of plicare, to fold, akin to plectere, to plait. See Ply, and cf. Plat to weave, Pleat Plight fold


In literature:

All this was new vexation to poor Cinderella, for it was she who ironed and plaited her sisters' linen.
"Fairy Tales Every Child Should Know" by Various
Her hair lies flat in two bands on her forehead, covering her ears and falling in long tresses plaited with ribbon, and ending in loose tufts.
"The Cathedral" by Joris-Karl Huysmans
The wicker is very delicately plaited, and is ornamented with a pattern in chenille which is very easy to work.
"Beeton's Book of Needlework" by Isabella Beeton
If they had, I should have thought they wanted me to cut my plaits off.
"Pictures of Jewish Home-Life Fifty Years Ago" by Hannah Trager
The women who are communicants have a lock of their hair plaited in front of each ear.
"With the Harmony to Labrador" by Benjamin La Trobe
All the possibilities of braid and plait and curl were canvassed.
"Sevenoaks" by J. G. Holland
The women wear short skirts made of vegetable fibres plaited, which must take days or weeks to construct.
"A Journal of a Tour in the Congo Free State" by Marcus Dorman
Margaret's crowning glory was coiled in thick plaits on top of her head, and if it got wet it got wet and she heeded it not.
"Pearl of Pearl Island" by John Oxenham
A girdle of plaited horse-hair encompassed his thin attenuated form.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 1 (of 2)" by John Roby
Arretez, s'il vous plait.
"Mrs. Warren's Daughter" by Sir Harry Johnston

In poetry:

"Je am a poete, sir," dit he,
"Je live where tres grande want teems—
I’m faim, sir. Sil vous plait give me
Un franc or cinquatite centimes."
"New England Magazine" by Ellis Parker Butler
And fishers in the middle sea
Did get thee sea-fish and sea-weeds
In colour like the robes on thee;
And curious work of plaited reeds,
And wools wherein live purple bleeds.
"Aholibah" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
God gave thee gracious ministers
And all their work who plait and weave:
The cunning of embroiderers
That sew the pillow to the sleeve,
And likeness of all things that live.
"Aholibah" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
My hero bares my side and sees his heart
Tread; like a naked Venus,
The beach of flesh, and wind her bloodred plait;
Stripping my loin of promise,
He promises a secret heat.
"My Hero Bares His Nerves" by Dylan Thomas
Go find the bottom! Would you stay me? There!
Now pluck a great blade of that ribbon-grass
To plait in where the foolish jewel was,
I flung away: since you have praised my hair,
'Tis proper to be choice in what I wear.
"In A Gondola" by Robert Browning
All day long Eve wearied for the garden.
Not for her the comfort Adam knew
As he watched the wheat-ears slowly harden,
As the plaited roof above him grew.
"For the sake of all my lilies, pardon.
God," she prayed, "give back my violets blue."
"Cain" by Ethel Clifford

In news:

0To get Molly Sims' ethereal 'do, separate a two-inch section of hair from one side and plait, pinning it underneath loose hair in the back, explains Katie Lee's pro, Gretta Monahan, who is also the Yes To celebrity hairstylist.
Say so long to classic braids : Plaits have seen fresh new twists on both the runway and red carpet.
STEP THREE Twist the unbraided hair into a bun, the wrap the plait around the bun and secure tightly with pins.
ESSENTIALLY two plaits of hair haloing the head, the milkmaid braid is a sweet, romantic new "undo" for this fall.
The first blog, Phil Plait 's Bad Astronomy, is new to Slate but already beloved by science junkies.
Speak English, s'il vous plait or one of 200 other languages.
Speak English, s'il vous plait .
S'il-Vous- Plait : Raising Your 'Bebe' The French Way.
S'il-Vous-Plait: Raising Your 'Bebe' The French Way.
French food, s'il vous plait.
So I hope they'll take note of Phil Plait's update over at Bad Astronomy.
"He was a controversial figure, beloved for his science promotion, but who also made comments that were pretty objectionable," astronomer Phil Plait, author of the blog "Bad Astronomy ," wrote on Google Plus.
Phil Plait, the creator of Bad Astronomy , is an astronomer , lecturer, and author.
"It's not the moon's phase that matters, but the position," says astronomer Phil Plait on his Bad Astronomy website.
According to Phil Plait, Slate 's in-house (bad) astronomer, these space stations, or O'Neill colonies , "were a big deal" back in the late '60s and early '70s.

In science:

Orthogonal scans were then reconciled using the “plait” algorithm (Emerson & Gr ¨ave 1988).
A Survey of the Polarized Emission from the Galactic Plane at 1420 MHz with Arcminute Angular Resolution
By assembling plaited maps for the entire survey area we avoided edge effects at the boundaries between subfields.
A Survey of the Polarized Emission from the Galactic Plane at 1420 MHz with Arcminute Angular Resolution
They also consider that the scenario of the initial UV and present optical emission lines coming from different zones is implausible, but note that such an effect could increase the distance modulus by up to 8 %, this conclusion in part based on the early Plait et al. (1995) (pre-CoSTAR) HST imaging data.
The Distances of the Magellanic Clouds
Gould & Uza (1998) adopt the weighted mean of the Plait et al. (1995) HST [OIII] ring angular size determinations (i.e., R′′ = 0.858 ± 0.011 arcsec) and the IUE NIII] and NIV] light curves to derive tmax = 378 ± 5 d.
The Distance to the Large Magellanic Cloud
Each isotherm in the (ρ1 , ρ2 ) plane, has an upper and a lower plait point.
A globally accurate theory for a class of binary mixture models