Ply Ply, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Plied}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Plying}.] [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}.] 1. To bend. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

As men may warm wax with handes plie. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

And plies him with redoubled strokes --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

He plies the duke at morning and at night. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. To employ diligently; to use steadily. [1913 Webster]

Go ply thy needle; meddle not. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. To practice or perform with diligence; to work at. [1913 Webster]

Their bloody task, unwearied, still they ply. --Waller. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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