Definition of Ply

v. t.1.To bend.
[imp. & p. p. Plied ; p. pr. & vb. n. Plying .]
As men may warm wax with handes plie.
- Chaucer.
2.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.
3.To employ diligently; to use steadily.
Go ply thy needle; meddle not.
- Shak.
4.To practice or perform with diligence; to work at.
Their bloody task, unwearied, still they ply.
- Waller.
v. i.1.To bend; to yield.
It would rather burst atwo than plye.
- Chaucer.
The willow plied, and gave way to the gust.
- L'Estrange.
2.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.
3.(Naut.) To work to windward; to beat.
n.1.A fold; a plait; a turn or twist, as of a cord.
2.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.

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