Ply, n. [Cf. F. pli, fr. plier. See Ply, v.] 1. A fold; a plait; a turn or twist, as of a cord. Arbuthnot.
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.
Ply is used in composition to designate folds, or the number of webs interwoven; as, a three-ply carpet.
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