plug

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noun

1
a
: 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
5
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

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verb

plugged; plugging

transitive verb

1
a
: 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
plugger noun
Phrases
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

Example Sentences

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The Alfa Romeo Tonale will only be sold as a plug-in hybrid in America, according to a report by Automotive News Europe. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, 18 Nov. 2022 Prime plug-in hybrid, the latest editions of the fuel-efficient icon that made Toyota the runaway leader for hybrids. Mark Phelan, USA TODAY, 18 Nov. 2022 Of course, no Christmas tree would be complete without a shiny topper, so the tree is also equipped with a stackable plug near the top for easy connection. Lauren Fischer, Peoplemag, 18 Nov. 2022 There are also eight lighting modes to choose from using a button on the plug. Rachel Klein, Popular Mechanics, 17 Nov. 2022 Prime plug-in hybrid, the latest editions of the fuel-efficient icon that made Toyota the runaway leader for hybrids. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 17 Nov. 2022 Also, users can filter EV chargers that support a particular plug type. Chris Smith, BGR, 17 Nov. 2022 The Prime uses more powerful batteries that, in addition to being charged by the car itself, can also be charged through a plug. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, 16 Nov. 2022 This plug-in hybrid foretells the brand’s electric future, providing 21 miles of range. Brett Berk, Good Housekeeping, 8 Nov. 2022
Verb
The stylish Sportage offers hybrid and plug-in hybrid models and useful infotainment and driver assistance features. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 12 Nov. 2022 The new rule goes a step further and takes aim at all drilling sites, including smaller wells that now will be required to find and plug methane leaks. Matthew Daly And Seth Borenstein, BostonGlobe.com, 11 Nov. 2022 Canada is setting record immigration goals to bring in 1.45 million immigrants by 2025 to help plug labor shortages. Ellen Francis, Washington Post, 2 Nov. 2022 SimpliSafe's eight piece wireless security system doesn't require any wiring or drilling in your home, just plug the base station in, place the sensors, and turn on the protection. PCMAG, 12 Oct. 2022 Johnson made a rare appearance at Comic-Con in late July to plug Black Adam, prompting hoots and hollers throughout Hall H. Pamela Mcclintock, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 Oct. 2022 Others have also made a more serious allegation: That SBF may have used customer funds to plug holes in the balance sheets of one or both of his companies. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, 9 Nov. 2022 Electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles are 24% of new cars sold in China. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, 6 Nov. 2022 New York state plans to adopt California's rules approved in August that would require all new vehicles sold in the state by 2035 to be either electric or plug-in electric hybrids, Governor Kathy Hochul said on Thursday. Fox News, 29 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

1606, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1630, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of plug was in 1606

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Cite this Entry

“Plug.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/plug. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

plug 1 of 2

noun

1
: a piece used to close or fill a hole
2
: a flat cake of tightly pressed tobacco leaves
3
: something of lesser quality
especially : a worn-out horse
4
5
: a lure with several hooks used in casting for fish
6
: a device usually on a cord used to make an electrical connection by putting it into another part (as a socket)
7
: a piece of favorable publicity

plug

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verb

plugged; plugging
1
: to stop, make tight, or secure with or as if with a plug
plug the leak with tar
2
: to hit with a bullet : shoot
3
: to advertise or publicize over and over
4
: to become plugged
usually used with up
the drain was plugged up
5
: to keep steadily at work or in action
plugged away at my homework
plug into
: to connect or become connected to by or as if by means of a plug
the generator plugs into the power grid
plugger noun

Medical Definition

plug 1 of 2

noun

: 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

plug

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transitive verb

plugged; plugging
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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