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PLY, v.t. [Gr. to fold; L. plico.]

1. To lay on, to put to or on with force and repetition; to apply to closely, with continuation of efforts or urgency.

And plies him with redoubled strokes.

The hero from afar

Plies him with darts and stones.

We retain the precise sense in the phrase to lay on, to put it on him.

2. To employ with diligence; to apply closely and steadily; to keep busy.

Her gentle wit she plies.

The wearied Trojans ply their shattered oars.

3. To practice or perform with diligence.

Their bloody task, unweari'd, still they ply.

4. To urge; to solicit with pressing or persevering importunity.

He plies the duke at morning and at night.

5. To urge; to press; to strain; to force.

PLY, v.i. To bend; to yield.

The willow plied and gave way to the gust.

1. To work steadily.

He was forced to ply in the streets.

2. To go in haste.

Thither he plies undaunted.

3. To busy one's self; to be steadily employed.

4. To endeavor to make way against the wind.

PLY, n. A fold; a plait.

1. Bent; turn; direction; bias.

The late learners cannot so well take the ply.



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PLY, v.t. [Gr. to fold; L. plico.]

1. To lay on, to put to or on with force and repetition; to apply to closely, with continuation of efforts or urgency.

And plies him with redoubled strokes.

The hero from afar

Plies him with darts and stones.

We retain the precise sense in the phrase to lay on, to put it on him.

2. To employ with diligence; to apply closely and steadily; to keep busy.

Her gentle wit she plies.

The wearied Trojans ply their shattered oars.

3. To practice or perform with diligence.

Their bloody task, unweari'd, still they ply.

4. To urge; to solicit with pressing or persevering importunity.

He plies the duke at morning and at night.

5. To urge; to press; to strain; to force.

PLY, v.i. To bend; to yield.

The willow plied and gave way to the gust.

1. To work steadily.

He was forced to ply in the streets.

2. To go in haste.

Thither he plies undaunted.

3. To busy one's self; to be steadily employed.

4. To endeavor to make way against the wind.

PLY, n. A fold; a plait.

1. Bent; turn; direction; bias.

The late learners cannot so well take the ply.

PLY, n.

  1. A fold; a plait. – Arbuthnot.
  2. Bent; turn; direction; bias. The late learners can not so well take the ply. – Bacon.

PLY, v.i.

  1. To bend; to yield. The willow plied and gave way to the gust. – L'Estrange.
  2. To work steadily. He was forced to ply in the streets. – Spectator.
  3. To go in haste. Thither he plies undaunted. – Milton.
  4. To busy one's self; to be steadily employed. – Dryden.
  5. To endeavor to make way against the wind. – Mar. Dict.

PLY, v.t. [Fr. plier, to bend or fold, formerly written ployer whence employ; Arm. plega, W. plygu, It. piegare, Sp: plegar, Port. pregar, L. plico, Gr. πλεκω, to fold; Sax. pleggan, to play and to lie on; D. pleegen, to use, to exercise; Dan. plejer, to exercise, to perform an office, to tend, to nurse; G. pflegen, id.; Sw. pläga. That these words are from the root of lie, lay, is obvious, for in G. liegen, to lie, signifies also to ply, to apply. The prefix p may be used for the Teutonic be; be-liegen, to lie close, to bend to. See Lay and Lie.]

  1. To lay on, to put to or on with force and repetition; to apply to closely, with continuation of efforts or urgency. And plies him with redoubled strokes. – Dryden. The hero from afar / Plies him with darts and stones. – Dryden. We retain the precise sense in the phrase to lay on, to put it on him.
  2. To employ with diligence; to apply closely and steadily; to keep busy. Her gentle wit she plies. – Spenser. The wearied Trojans ply their shattered oars. – Dryden.
  3. To practice or perform with diligence. Their bloody task, unwearied, still they ply. – Waller.
  4. To urge; to solicit with pressing or persevering importunity. He plies the duke at morning and at night. – Shak.
  5. To urge; to press; to strain; to force.

Ply
  1. To bend.

    [Obs.]

    As men may warm wax with handes plie. Chaucer.

  2. To bend; to yield.

    [Obs.]

    It would rather burst atwo than plye. Chaucer.

    The willow plied, and gave way to the gust. L'Estrange.

  3. A fold; a plait; a turn or twist, as of a cord.

    Arbuthnot.
  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

    * Ply is used in composition to designate folds, or the number of webs interwoven; as, a three-ply carpet.

  7. To employ diligently; to use steadily.

    Go ply thy needle; meddle not. Shak.

  8. To work to windward; to beat.
  9. To practice or perform with diligence; to work at.

    Their bloody task, unwearied, still they ply. Waller.

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Ply

PLY, verb transitive [Gr. to fold; Latin plico.]

1. To lay on, to put to or on with force and repetition; to apply to closely, with continuation of efforts or urgency.

And plies him with redoubled strokes.

The hero from afar

Plies him with darts and stones.

We retain the precise sense in the phrase to lay on, to put it on him.

2. To employ with diligence; to apply closely and steadily; to keep busy.

Her gentle wit she plies.

The wearied Trojans ply their shattered oars.

3. To practice or perform with diligence.

Their bloody task, unweari'd, still they ply

4. To urge; to solicit with pressing or persevering importunity.

He plies the duke at morning and at night.

5. To urge; to press; to strain; to force.

PLY, verb intransitive To bend; to yield.

The willow plied and gave way to the gust.

1. To work steadily.

He was forced to ply in the streets.

2. To go in haste.

Thither he plies undaunted.

3. To busy one's self; to be steadily employed.

4. To endeavor to make way against the wind.

PLY, noun A fold; a plait.

1. Bent; turn; direction; bias.

The late learners cannot so well take the ply

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1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

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