plug

noun
\ˈpləg \

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

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

The wide shift console has a large charging area with a USB port and 12-volt plug, with another USB in the large storage box of the front armrest console. Mark Maynard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "2019 Volkswagen Jetta: 7th generation wide-body reboot," 6 July 2018 The design essentially provided the lake with two plugs, to the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "Massive and toxic algae bloom threatens Florida coasts with another lost summer," 29 June 2018 To give the standard plug, such lockups allow ruling families to consider the public interest rather than Wall Street when running media companies. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "What CBS’s Boardroom Blood Feud Says About TV," 1 June 2018 These plugs muffled background noise yet allowed clear sound without the punishing volume. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "OTOjOY’s work, success is music to the ears of those with hearing loss," 16 May 2018 Small plugs, especially 3.0 MagLips, and worms fished below divers are working best. sacbee, "Fishing Line: Week of March 19 | The Sacramento Bee," 20 Mar. 2018 In a later episode (the first of many plugs of his Riverwalk development), Emanuel proudly tells Tiny Tapp & Cafe co-owner Mark William Johnson that the city has just awarded a grant to a couple to start a microbrewery in Englewood. Maya Dukmasova, Chicago Reader, "Rahm’s Chicago Stories podcast takes you inside the mind of the mayor," 14 Mar. 2018 The decision to pull the plug, made during a private Senate GOP meeting, came after Sen. Mike Delph, R-Carmel, filed an amendment that would have required Indianapolis city officials to prove public transit money isn't needed to fill potholes. Tony Cook, Indianapolis Star, "Effort to end light rail ban in central Indiana derailed," 5 Mar. 2018 Arguably the most underrated pattern along the entire Gulf Coast is throwing big, noisy topwater plugs to speckled trout as long as a man's arm during the late-winter and early spring months. Todd Masson, NOLA.com, "Trophy trout completely wreck topwater plugs," 27 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Consider using the picks below and plugging them into our MLB Lineup Optimizer to help fill out the rest of your lineup. Mike Barner, SI.com, "MLB DFS Plays for July 10," 10 July 2018 But whether or not their roster ends up featuring one of this year’s marquee free agents, there are holes that will need to be plugged. David Murphy, Philly.com, "LeBron James or not, Sixers will have to fill these two needs | David Murphy," 6 June 2018 Bernard is still plugged into the cradle and having a nice little chat with Ford. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "'Westworld' recap: Who really lives, who really dies?," 3 June 2018 Flammable liquids have already been removed and the wells have been filled with cold water, but won't be plugged until today. CBS News, "Hawaii volcano lava flows into power plant, sparking fears of deadly gas release," 22 May 2018 In Bahrani’s world, all Americans are permanently plugged into a kind of rolling online network called The Nine, broadcast on screens in every home, and projected onto the city’s buildings. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Fahrenheit 451 Tackles the Evils of Social Media," 19 May 2018 Of these three propositions, Dr Worden’s is the one to be wished for, because natural-gas leaks can be plugged more easily than Asian consumers’ diets can be changed. The Economist, "Scientists struggle to explain a worrying rise in atmospheric methane," 28 Apr. 2018 The deal is mostly about these companies sharing expertise—GOAT is plugged into what customers are doing online, while Flight Club is holding down the fort IRL. Cam Wolf, GQ, "GOAT Gets $60 Million and Merges with Flight Club to Create a Sneaker Superpower," 8 Feb. 2018 Related: River Song, another character on the show’s later Matt Smith–starring episodes, is plugged into a server post-mortem and comes back as a sort telekinetic hologram in later seasons. Gogo Lidz, Newsweek, "The Resurrection Will Not Be Televised: 15 Ways to Bring TV Characters Back From the Dead," 29 Apr. 2015

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'plug.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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The first known use of plug was in 1606

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plug

noun

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

: to shoot (someone) with a gun

plug

noun
\ˈpləg \

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 \

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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