Day and night, in rough water or smooth, with what invincible vigor and surprising gayety he plies his arms.
He is very feverish; he awakes at every instant, almost, and then plies me with questions.
A Kidderminster carpet calls for a small design in which the different planes, or plies, as they are called, are well interlocked.
And it's a fine trade that she plies, selling other people's milk.
I am lower than she who plies the street for bread, for the loftier the spirit the greater is the fall.
He plies the slow, unhonoured, and unpaid task of observation.
He plies the slow, unhonored, and unpaid task of observation.
The folds, the creases, and the plies instil life into the work.
He grows to manhood, and either digs in the road or plies the pick and shovel underground.
Philothea plies her distaff as busily as Lachesis spinning the thread of mortal life.
in ballet, 1892, from French plié, from plier literally "to bend," from Old French ploier (see ply (n.)).
"work with, use," late 14c., shortened form of applien "join to, apply" (see apply). The core of this is Latin plicare "to lay, fold, twist," from PIE root *plek- "to plait, twist" (cf. Greek plekein "to plait, twine," plektos "twisted;" Latin plectere (past participle plexus) "to plait, braid, intertwine;" Old Church Slavonic plesti "to braid, plait, twist;" Gothic flahta "braid;" Old English fleax "cloth made with flax, linen").
Sense of "travel regularly" is first 1803, perhaps from earlier sense "steer a course" (1550s). Related: Plied; plies; plying.
"to bend," late 14c., plien, from Old French plier, earlier pleier "to fold, bend," from Latin plicare "to lay, fold, twist" (see ply (v.1)). Related: Plied; plies; plying.