ear·​plug | \ˈir-ˌpləg \

Definition of earplug 

1 : an ornament inserted in the lobe of the ear especially to distend it

2 : a device of pliable material for insertion into the outer opening of the ear (as to keep out water or deaden sound)

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As more whale earplugs are recovered, more ambitious projects can be attempted. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Whales are stressed out by climate change, and it shows in their earwax," 16 Nov. 2018 These hypoallergenic, disposable earplugs naturally filter and regulate air pressure, which should help relieve discomfort. Brian Sumers, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Pop Your Ears on a Plane—And Why They Pop, Anyway," 10 Sep. 2018 That’ll leave you more than enough time to stick in your earplugs, don your flame-retardant suit and head for the cul-de-sac. James P. Dewan, chicagotribune.com, "5 flavor-packed sauces to pair with Fourth of July grilled steaks," 26 June 2018 Admission and parking will be free, and Westover officials recommend bringing earmuffs or earplugs for noisy performances. Katie Camero, BostonGlobe.com, "Great New England Air and Space show takes off this weekend," 13 July 2018 My kids slept through it after running themselves into exhaustion with new friends, but earplugs are an amenity that should be provided. Fortune, "'Glamping' Has Officially Come to New York City," 12 July 2018 Those include items that will help with a roommate issue, like earplugs and an eye mask. Lisa A. Flam, Fox News, "Preparing your teen for college dorm life? Don't over-pack," 10 July 2018 Wearing earplugs, Michael fired the pistol across the lobby, killing three students and injuring five. Cincinnati.com, "Aftermath of gun violence: 'It stays with you'," 3 July 2018 Some pitchers have wear their headsets or earplug to put themselves in the right frame of mind. Mark Gonzales, chicagotribune.com, "Cubs Q&A: How serious is interest in Manny Machado? Do you like 'Careless Whisper'?," 22 May 2018

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First Known Use of earplug

1820, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of earplug

: a piece of soft material that you put in your ear to keep out water, noise, etc.


ear·​plug | \-ˌpləg \

Medical Definition of earplug 

: a device of pliable material for insertion into the outer opening of the ear (as to keep out water or deaden sound)

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