plug

noun
\ ˈpləg How to pronounce plug (audio) \

Definition of plug

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a piece used to fill a hole : stopper
b : an obtruding or obstructing mass of material resembling a stopper
2 : a flat compressed cake of tobacco
3 : a small core or segment removed from a larger object
4 : something inferior especially : an inferior often aged or unsound horse
6 : an artificial fishing lure used primarily for casting and made with one or more sets of gang hooks
7 : any of various devices resembling or functioning like a plug: such as
a : a male fitting for making an electrical connection to a live circuit by insertion in a receptacle (such as an outlet)
b : a device for connecting electric wires to a jack
8 : a piece of favorable publicity or a favorable mention usually incorporated in general matter

plug

verb
plugged; plugging

Definition of plug (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to stop, make tight, or secure by inserting a plug
b : to remedy (a deficiency) as if by inserting a plug trying to plug the gaps in their understanding
2 : to hit with a bullet : shoot
3 : to advertise or publicize insistently

intransitive verb

1 : to become plugged usually used with up
2 : to work doggedly and persistently plugged away at her homework
3 : to fire shots
plug into
1 : to connect or become connected to by or as if by means of a plug the city was plugged into the new highway system
2 : to load into as if by means of a plug plugged the data into a computer

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Other Words from plug

Verb

plugger noun

Synonyms for plug

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of plug in a Sentence

Verb We were able to plug the hole with cement. One of the DJs on the local radio station has been plugging the band's new album. He plugged him right in the chest.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Lacey had signed to return to the CFL in 2020, but the league pulled the plug on its season because of the coronavirus pandemic. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "NFL teams promote 5 with Alabama roots for Sunday games," 20 Sep. 2020 The developer later pulled the plug on the development. Lorraine Longhi, The Arizona Republic, "How did Scottsdale's 2 mayoral candidates vote during their time on council? A look back," 19 Sep. 2020 The dark-colored end of the plug was solid, and when inserted into the ear would block steady noise, from helicopters to armored personal carriers. Mike Hughlett, Star Tribune, "3M mired in one of largest mass torts ever over military earplugs," 18 Sep. 2020 Before the Big Ten pulled the plug on the season in August, the Spartans had practiced four or five times, Tucker estimated. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State football had 'exhausting' offseason. Now the real work begins.," 18 Sep. 2020 The consensus among many Big Ten stakeholders — players, coaches, athletic directors and parents of players — was that the conference pulled the plug too swiftly and did a poor job of explaining its logic and timing. Teddy Greenstein, chicagotribune.com, "A hot mic in Nebraska gives hope that the Big Ten will announce a restart decision Tuesday night," 15 Sep. 2020 But most companies pulled the plug on that money even as the death toll mounts. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, "Union president: Grocery stores should kick out unmasked shoppers," 7 Sep. 2020 Once the Pac-12 pulled the plug entirely on all sports until Jan. 1, some attention began turning to college basketball and how it might get played this season and whether or not a bubble is feasible. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Could Utah and the rest of the Pac-12 play the upcoming basketball season in a bubble?," 5 Sep. 2020 Questions lingered about whether the Big Ten Council of Presidents and Chancellors had voted on the matter or if Warren alone pulled the plug on fall sports. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Trump, Big Ten football coaches and ADs push for the league to reverse its decision and return to the field soon," 1 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Federal Reserve is trying to plug a hole that fiscal policy was widely expected to be filling by now. Justin Lahart, WSJ, "Fed Needs Fiscal Support to Close Gap Between Markets, Real Economy," 10 Sep. 2020 As a buyer, plug the numbers in to see the difference on your monthly payment. John Nugent, Houston Chronicle, "Realtor View: Let the professionals handle real estate math," 5 Sep. 2020 Do not plug a generator into the wall to avoid back feed, said Cummings, and use heavy-duty extension cords to connect appliances to the outlets on the generator. Melanie Savage, courant.com, "Buying and maintaining your generator," 31 Aug. 2020 In order to get it back open, council had to find a way to plug a $1.8 million hole in the budget. Sharon Coolidge, The Enquirer, "Cincinnati streetcar: Here’s how the funding fight is playing out," 18 Aug. 2020 Potential diners simply plug their postcode (or zip code) into a government website for a list of participating pubs and restaurants, which is pretty much all of them in most areas. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "Want to go out for dinner? How about if the government pays half your bill? In Britain, it does.," 13 Aug. 2020 The government also was slow to plug a loophole that had allowed over 200,000 people to enter Hong Kong without undergoing quarantine—an exception experts say is responsible for starting the third onslaught of the virus. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "Hong Kong’s citywide COVID-19 testing has become a barometer of public trust," 9 Sep. 2020 Use your imagination to create the sculpture of your dreams, then plug it in to illuminate it. Kiana Murden, CNN Underscored, "35 products that will add a little bit of joy to your life," 8 Sep. 2020 The Electric-Vehicle Road Test Wall Street has shown increasing enthusiasm about electric vehicles and the auto industry is moving quickly to add more plug-in models to meet tougher environmental regulations globally on tailpipe emissions. Mike Colias, WSJ, "GM Stock Jumps on News of Stake in Electric-Vehicle Company Nikola," 8 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of plug

Noun

1606, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1630, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for plug

Noun

Dutch, from Middle Dutch plugge; akin to Middle High German pfloc plug

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Last Updated

23 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Plug.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/plug. Accessed 25 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for plug

plug

noun
How to pronounce plug (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of plug

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a part at the end of an electric cord that has two or three metal pins that connect the cord to a source of electricity
: a part at the end of a wire or cable that is used to connect machines or devices
: a thing that is used to close a hole in a container or object

plug

verb

English Language Learners Definition of plug (Entry 2 of 2)

: to fill or cover (a hole, space, etc.) with something
: to praise (something, such as a book, movie, or restaurant) publicly in a way that makes people want to buy it, see it, etc. : to advertise (something) by talking about it especially on the radio or television
US, informal + old-fashioned : to shoot (someone) with a gun

plug

noun
\ ˈpləg How to pronounce plug (audio) \

Kids Definition of plug

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a device usually on a cord used to make an electrical connection by putting it into another part (as a socket)
2 : a piece (as of wood or metal) used to stop up or fill a hole

plug

verb
plugged; plugging

Kids Definition of plug (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to connect to an electric circuit Plug in the lamp.
2 : to stop or make tight with something that fills a hole
3 : to keep steadily at work or in action I plugged away at my homework.

plug

noun
\ ˈpləg How to pronounce plug (audio) \

Medical Definition of plug

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a piece of material (as wood or alloy) used or serving to fill a hole: as
a : the piece in a cock that can be turned to regulate the flow of liquid or gas
b : an obstructing mass of material in a bodily vessel or opening (as of the cervix or a skin lesion)
c : a filling for a hollow tooth
plugged; plugging

Medical Definition of plug (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to stop, make tight, or secure (as an opening) by or as if by insertion of a plug : close an opening in
2 : to fill a cavity in (a tooth)

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