Definition of two-ply in US English:



  • (of a material or yarn) consisting of two layers or strands.

    • ‘The ties are two-ply cotton yarns in colors of either blue (probably indigo) or brown.’
    • ‘They were wrapped in two-ply airtight plastic bags and stored at - 20 degrees C. Before testing, each specimen was thawed for 24 hours at room temperature.’
    • ‘Made of 5.2 oz., 100% combed cotton in a two-tone jacquard knit pattern, this shirt is made of a true double-gas mercerized 60's two-ply yarn.’
    • ‘The entire wing was fabric covered and the leading edge had two-ply cloth reinforcing.’
    • ‘Designed to be strikingly contemporary, and yet timeless, this collection of shirts is crafted from fine 100 per cent two-ply mercerised cotton, with multiple textures to create an enchanting mosaic effect.’
    • ‘The collection of shirts in shades of orange now includes plains and checks, including diagonal checks and come in two-ply cotton and blends.’
    • ‘At the very least, they could splurge on some two-ply toilet paper.’
    • ‘The style has short sleeves, and two-ply sleeves and bottom hem.’


  • 1Yarn consisting of two strands.

    • ‘It is a small piece of two-ply cordage approximately 10 cm long.’
  • 2Plywood made by gluing together two layers with the grain in different directions.

    • ‘This two-ply composite is then machined into the six tapered triangular sections that when glued up together, form the familiar split-cane form.’



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