Definition of ply :
1. A fold; a plait; a turn or twist, as of a cord.
2. Bent; turn; direction; bias.
3. 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.
4. To bend.
5. To bend; to yield.
6. To employ diligently; to use steadily.
7. 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.
8. To practice or perform with diligence; to work at.
9. To work to windward; to beat.
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touch (part of speech: verb)
- Ply your busy cares above him, Come and labour for the man, Nobler none since time began, Aias, while his life- blood ran. - "The Seven Plays in English Verse", Sophocles.
- I had looked for some shrewdness in him, some capacity of originating and weighing ideas; but I found he could do little more than curse and swagger and ply his can, in which he found most of his anecdotes and recollections and not a little of his courage. - "The Frozen Pirate", W. Clark Russell.
- Never did a happier party gather round the dinner- table at Flixworth Manor; never did the old butler ply his office with a readier hand and a brighter countenance. - "Amos Huntingdon", T.P. Wilson.