noun/nombre (plural plies)
- 1.1 countable/numerable (layer — of wood) chapa (feminine), lámina (feminine); (— of paper) capa (feminine)Example sentences1.2 countable/numerable (of wool, yarn) cabo (masculine), hebra (feminine) three-ply wool lana (feminine) de tres cabos or hebras
Example sentences1.3 uncountable/no numerable [colloquial/familiar] plywood
- Gauze or gauze-like products are typically manufactured as a single piece of material folded into a several ply gauze pad.
- The chassis was a typical composite ‘sandwich’ with inner and outer skins made up of woven laminated plies.
- With built-up membranes, ‘thicker is better’ refers to the number of plies and not necessarily the measured thickness of the finished roof.
- A nice dense thread or 3-8 ply yarn seams to work quite nicely for a blanket stitch.
- A rope is a ply of natural threads or synthetic fibers.
- The ply yarns are twisted together to form cord- and the cord is the actual material used in the weaving process.
- The table, as well as the maple ply and cast-steel dining chairs, are easily wiped clean after meals.
- Although this route is more expensive than a roof coating, the single ply can be installed as a re-cover, saving the cost of tear off, if the existing roof is less than 25 percent wet.
- Mr Constable has also designed his own home kitchen using hoop pine and maple ply.
transitive verb/verbo transitivo
- 1.1 (carry out) to ply one's trade ejercer* su oficio 1.2 (use) [oar] mover*; [tools] manejarExample sentences1.3 (travel over) [ship] navegar* por, surcar* [literary/literario]
- He wet his hands in a small bowl of water, and gently wiped away any dust from the stone before plying his tools to it again.
- Penhall plies his pen widely, commenting on the dilapidated National Health Service and the nature of perception, sanity, and normalcy.
- That's like seeing a psychiatrist plying a tendon hammer, or an orthopaedic surgeon with a pleasant bedside manner nice in a curiously old fashioned way.
- Strict enforcement of parking regulations is indeed a prerequisite to tide over the present crisis caused by the increasing number of motor vehicles plying through the narrow roads in the State.
- Once the underpass is through vehicles plying on Chord Road can cross this junction without any interruption as in the case of Mekhri Circle.
- Over 50,000 commercial vessels ply the straits each year.
intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo[formal]
- 1.1 (travel a route) [ship/plane/bus] hacer* el trayecto 1.2 (British English/inglés británico) to ply for hire [taxi] recorrer las calles en busca de clientesExample sentences
- The driver refused to comply and stopped the bus in the middle of the road, before alerting his fellow drivers plying other routes.
- All in all, Indonesia lost over half the planes plying its domestic routes.
- For now, the airport survives as a hub for older cargo planes plying the polar route.
ply withverb + object + preposition + object/verbo + complemento + preposición + complemento he kept plying me with whiskey estaba constantemente sirviéndome whisky to ply sb with questions asediar or acosar a algn a preguntas she plied us with invitations to visit insistió repetidamente en que fuéramos a visitarla