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ply lpy pyl ypl lyp ylp

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Definitions and meaning of ply



  • (Received Pronunciation, General American) IPA(key): /plaɪ/
  • Rhymes: -aɪ

Etymology 1

From Middle English pleit, plit, plite (a fold, pleat, wrinkle; braid, strand in a braided cord, ply), from Anglo-Norman pli, plei, pleit, and Middle French pli, ploy, ply (a fold, pleat; joint in armour; situation, state) (modern French pli (a fold, pleat)), from plier, ployer (to bend, fold), from Latin plicāre, present active infinitive of plicō (to bend, fold, roll up), from Proto-Indo-European *pleḱ- (to fold, plait, weave).


ply (countable and uncountable, plural ply or plies or plys)

  1. A layer of material.
  2. A strand that, twisted together with other strands, makes up rope or yarn.
  3. (colloquial) Short for plywood.
  4. (artificial intelligence, combinatorial game theory) In two-player sequential games, a "half-turn" or a move made by one of the players.
  5. (now chiefly Scotland) A condition, a state.


Derived terms
  • plywood

Etymology 2

From Middle English plīen, pli, plie (to bend, fold, mould, shape; to be flexible; to be submissive, humble oneself; to compel someone to submit), from Anglo-Norman plier, plaier, pleier, ploier, and Middle French plier, ployer (to bend, fold; to be submissive; to compel someone to submit) (modern French plier, ployer), from Old French ploiier, pleier (to fold), from Latin plicāre (to fold); see further at etymology 1. The word is cognate with Catalan plegar (to bend, fold), Italian piegare (to bend, fold, fold up), Old Occitan plegar, plejar, pleyar (to fold) (modern Occitan plegar), Spanish plegar (to fold).


ply (third-person singular simple present plies, present participle plying, simple past and past participle plied)

  1. (transitive, obsolete) To bend; to fold; to mould; (figurative) to adapt, to modify; to change (a person's) mind, to cause (a person) to submit.
  2. (intransitive) To bend, to flex; to be bent by something, to give way or yield (to a force, etc.).
Derived terms
  • plier (agent noun)
  • pliers

Etymology 3

From apply; compare Middle English plīen, pli, plie, pleie (to place (something) around, on, or over, to cover; to apply, use; to strive), short for aplīen, applīen (to combine, join; to attach; to assemble; to use, be of use; to allot; to apply; to inflict; to go; to ply, steer; to comply, submit), from Old French applier, aplier, aploier (to bend; to apply), from Latin applicāre, present active infinitive of applicō (to apply; to attach, join; to add), from ad- (prefix meaning ‘to, towards’) + plicō (to bend, fold, roll up); see further at etymology 1.


ply (third-person singular simple present plies, present participle plying, simple past and past participle plied)

  1. (transitive) To work at (something) diligently.
  2. (transitive) To wield or use (a tool, a weapon, etc.) steadily or vigorously.
  3. (transitive) To press upon; to urge persistently.
  4. (transitive) To persist in offering something to, especially for the purpose of inducement or persuasion.
  5. (transitive, intransitive, transport) To travel over (a route) regularly.
  6. (intransitive, obsolete) To work diligently.
  7. (intransitive, nautical, obsolete) To manoeuvre a sailing vessel so that the direction of the wind changes from one side of the vessel to the other; to work to windward, to beat, to tack.



  1. A bent; a direction.


Further reading

  • ply (layer) on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • ply (disambiguation) on Wikipedia.Wikipedia

  • to bend or fold.
    (source: Collins Scrabble Dictionary)