• WordNet 3.6
    • v ply use diligently "ply your wits!"
    • v ply give what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance "The hostess provided lunch for all the guests"
    • v ply wield vigorously "ply an axe"
    • v ply join together as by twisting, weaving, or molding "ply fabric"
    • v ply travel a route regularly "Ships ply the waters near the coast"
    • v ply apply oneself diligently "Ply one's trade"
    • n ply (usually in combinations) one of several layers of cloth or paper or wood as in plywood
    • n ply one of the strands twisted together to make yarn or rope or thread; often used in combination "three-ply cord","four-ply yarn"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When George Washington ran for the Virginia House of Burgesses in 1757, he was accused of trying to win votes by plying voters with 28 gallons of rum, 50 gallons of rum punch, 46 gallons of beer and 34 gallons of wine.
    • Ply A fold; a plait; a turn or twist, as of a cord.
    • Ply 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.""The czar's mind had taken a strange ply , which it retained to the last."
    • Ply 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).""He was forced to ply in the streets as a porter.""The heavy hammers and mallets plied ."
    • Ply To bend. "As men may warm wax with handes plie ."
    • Ply To bend; to yield. "It would rather burst atwo than plye .""The willow plied , and gave way to the gust."
    • Ply To employ diligently; to use steadily. "Go ply thy needle; meddle not."
    • Ply 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""He plies the duke at morning and at night."
    • Ply To practice or perform with diligence; to work at. "Their bloody task, unwearied, still they ply ."
    • Ply (Naut) To work to windward; to beat.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • ply To bend; mold; shape.
    • ply To draw: work.
    • ply To use or employ diligently; keep on using with diligence and persistence; apply one's self steadily to; keep busy with; toil at.
    • ply To practise or perform with diligence and persistence; pursue steadily: as, to ply one's trade.
    • ply To attack or assail briskly, repeatedly, or persistently.
    • ply To address with importunity or persistent solicitation; urge, or keep on urging or soliciting, as for a favor.
    • ply To offer with persistency or frequency; press upon for acceptance; continue to present or supply: as, to ply one with drink, or with flattery.
    • ply To apply; devote with persistency or perseverance.
    • ply To exert; acquit.
    • ply To bend: yield; incline.
    • ply To keep at work or in action; busy one's self; work steadily; be employed.
    • ply To proceed in haste; sally forth.
    • ply To go back and forth or backward and forward over the same course; especially, to run or sail regularly along the same course, or between two fixed places or ports; make more or less regular trips: as, the boats that ply on the Hudson; the steamers that ply between New York and Fall River; the stage plied between Concord and Boston: said both of the vessels or vehicles that make the trips and of those who sail or run them.
    • ply Nautical, to beat; tack; work to windward: as, to ply northward.
    • ply To offer one's services for trips or jobs, as boatmen, hackmen, carriers, etc.
    • n ply A fold; a thickness: often used in composition to designate the number of thicknesses or twists of which anything is made: as, three-ply thread; three-ply carpets.
    • n ply Bent; turn; direction; bias.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Ply plī to work at steadily: to use diligently: to urge: to address with importunity
    • v.i Ply to work steadily: to go in haste: to make regular passages, as a boat, between two ports:
    • n Ply a fold: bent: direction
    • v.i Ply (naut.) to make way against the wind:—pa.t. and pa.p. plied
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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


In literature:

The boatmen used to run their boats at one time on the beach opposite the end of Water-street and ply for hire.
"Recollections of Old Liverpool" by A Nonagenarian
He proceeds next, probably, to ply his ordinary task on another spot with an indifferent air, that he may not attract attention.
"The Parables of Our Lord" by William Arnot
I could not tell if the sailor had heard the sound, but he seemed to ply his paddle with even greater vigour than before.
"Manco, the Peruvian Chief" by W.H.G. Kingston
If Olding doesn't ply him briskly with his guns, the chase will get away after all.
"The Missing Ship" by W. H. G. Kingston
The brig did not fire at us, as to do so she would have had to yaw and thus lose ground, while we continued to ply her with our long gun.
"Peter the Whaler" by W.H.G. Kingston
As we had put plenty of dryers in the paint, and the sun was hot on Sunday, by Monday forenoon we were able to ply as usual.
"Peter Trawl" by W. H. G. Kingston
He was quickly, however, plied with eager questions by many others, to which he could but briefly reply.
"The Settlers" by William H. G. Kingston
A tug plied daily between Boston and the island on which Fort Warren is situated.
"The Narrative of a Blockade-Runner" by John Wilkinson
The first thing to do would be to ply the scissors to the red curls.
"Tess of the Storm Country" by Grace Miller White
He said he had several of these boats plying to Traverse des Sioux.
"Old Rail Fence Corners" by Various

In poetry:

For not upon a tranquil lake
Our pleasant task we ply,
Where all along our glistening wake
The softest moonbeams lie;
"Fifth Sunday After Trinity" by John Keble
We, elder ones, sit up more late,
And tasks unfinished ply,
But, gently busy, watch and wait—
Dear sister, you and I,
To hear the Father, with soft tread,
Coming to carry us to bed.
"Bedtime" by George MacDonald
O wild-reävèn west winds; as you do roar on,
The elems do rock an' the poplars do ply,
An' weäve do dreve weäve in the dark-water'd pon',--
Oh! where do ye rise vrom, an' where do ye die?
"Jenny Out Vrom Hwome" by William Barnes
'But tell me, child, your choice; what shall I buy
You?'—'Father, what you buy me I like best.'
With the sweetest air that said, still plied and pressed,
He swung to his first poised purport of reply.
"The Handsome Heart" by Gerard Manley Hopkins
Then on the cheek of the honester nation that grows,
All for their love of you, not for your woes,
There shall lie
Tears that shall be to your souls as the dew to the rose;
Afterward thanks, that the present yet knows
Not to ply!
"The Conquerors" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
For them no trumpet sounds the call, no poet plies his arts
They only hear the beating of their gallant, loving hearts.
But they have sung with silent lives the song all songs above?
The holiness of sacrifice, the dignity of love.
"Women Of The West" by George Essex Evans

In news:

Conyers engineer plied his trade in Pacific Theater of WWII.
Legendary Tennessee Moonshiner Plied His Trade to the End.
Gambler says Wynn plied him with prostitutes.
Ply -Cycle is Ready to Roll.
Montreal, QC, Sep 12, 2012 — Huge freighters from all over the world ply the waters of the St Lawrence River on their way to the Great Lakes.
So this means more motorists plying the freeways in an improving economy.
Rapper Plies scored a major victory in court last week, when a judge overturned a verdict against the him over 2006 shooting.
Watercraft of all kinds ply the Columbia River, with twinkling lights reflected on the waves.
They say Evanko plied them with alcohol and pornography.
Rounding Brant Point, Steamship Authority plies the 30-mile route to Nantucket .
The program will be held at the PLI's New York Center at 810 Seventh Avenue, New York.
Part of the appeal of the Regent 's Canal is the hundreds of colorful houseboats that ply its waters.
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When not plying the waters around Annapolis, he heads 45 minutes southeast to Georgetown to row out of the Potomac Boat Club.
This is not a victimless crime, as it defrauds the public purse out of huge sums of money and undercuts those traders who ply an honest trade.

In science:

Spec (Pli j=1 C · eij )) split off from and stacked over that point (more precisely, Spec Z (Ri )red ) and are dominated/shadowed by that cloud (i.e.
Azumaya-type noncommutative spaces and morphisms therefrom: Polchinski's D-branes in string theory from Grothendieck's viewpoint
Apin the spectral domain, i.e. the operator T t plying this operator to an input signal f gives the wavelet coefficients of f at scale t.
Wavelets on Graphs via Spectral Graph Theory
An ( f ) ≤ l whenever f ∈ intKa Hence, by (12), lim supn→¥ 1 l, whereas (13) imn log An ( f ) ≥ l for any f 6∈ Ka plies that lim infn→¥ 1 l.
Stretched Polymers in Random Environment
Since we ad dress only heat-con duc tion prob lems only the heat en ergy terms of eq. (5) is at is sue that yields sim ply the so-called lo cal ther mal en tropy gen er a tion (TEG) [15, 22].
Research Note on a Parabolic Heat-Balance Integral Method with Unspecified Exponent: An Entropy Generation Approach in Optimal Profile Determination
Xinlan, “On the two-plied oriented percolation on the square lattice and its critical probability function” (in Chinese).
Degenerate random environments