from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One who plies a trade.
  • noun A variously shaped hand tool having a pair of pivoted jaws, used for holding, bending, or cutting.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who or that which plies.
  • noun plural In fortification, a kind of balance used in raising and letting down a drawbridge, consisting of timbers joined in the form of a St. Andrew's cross.
  • noun plural Small pincers with long jaws, adapted for handling small articles, and also for bending and shaping wire. See cut under nipper

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Agent noun of ply; one who plies.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun someone who plies a trade


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  • As opposed to the tool.

    November 8, 2007