One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of material) having three layers or strands.
- ‘The anit-viral aspect of the tissue activates when moisture from a cough or sneeze hits the middle layer of the three-ply tissue.’
- ‘The outer fabric is a three-ply composite with an acrylic outer fabric, a rubber inner layer and polyester lining.’
- ‘And it's shooting for designer quality: sweaters with blends of alpaca and cashmere, and khakis made of three-ply Italian fabric.’
- ‘The outer layer of three-ply cotton fabric with arms allowed the wearer to reach the stick and throttle.’
- ‘This basketball features a 100 percent high-performance butyl rubber bladder for air retention and more than 3,000 meters of three-ply nylon thread, which provides shape retention and bounce.’
- ‘In the in vitro study, a laminated, three-ply fabric failed the mason jar test, including those instances when the material was tested before being laundered.’
- ‘He developed cardboard refrigerator boxes with three-ply walls to safely and accurately deliver rations to refugees without using heavy crates or parachutes.’
- ‘The athletic director bought three-ply swimsuits for the team.’
1Knitting wool made of three strands.
2Plywood made by gluing together three layers with the grain in different directions.
- ‘The bottom of the boat was marine three-ply, while the rest was canvas tacked on to a light wooden framework and painted vivid red.’
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