earplug

noun
ear·​plug | \ ˈir-ˌpləg How to pronounce earplug (audio) \

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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But lawyers for Point Blank Sporting Goods said that Flores’ hearing loss was caused by his own negligence – and Honeywell’s earplugs are also to blame for his injuries, the Monitor reported. Crystal Hill, star-telegram, "Texas judge put in earplugs at a shooting range. Now he can barely hear, suit says | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 10 Apr. 2018 Emergence Church in Glen Rock, N.J., keeps a jar of earplugs for congregants and visitors. Esther Fung, WSJ, "Why Are People Wearing Earplugs in Church? Hint: It’s Not the Sermon," 25 Jan. 2019 Still, that’s one mystery solved, at least, and now future diplomats will know to pack some earplugs on their next trip to Cuba. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Were the Cuban Embassy Sonic Attacks Actually Just Crickets?," 9 Jan. 2019 The researchers carefully shaved the earplugs into their six-monthly layers and then took cortisol readings from each. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Whales are stressed out by climate change, and it shows in their earwax," 16 Nov. 2018 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

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First Known Use of earplug

1820, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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earplug

noun

English Language Learners Definition of earplug

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

earplug

noun
ear·​plug | \ -ˌpləg How to pronounce earplug (audio) \

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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