\ 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


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


plugger noun

Examples of plug in a Sentence


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

Sources familiar with Microsoft’s Andromeda work caution that the company could pull the plug at any stage. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Microsoft details secret ‘pocketable’ Surface device in leaked email," 29 June 2018 The Download: The man who brought the park online has finally shutdown, thanks to Bernard pulling the plug back in the penultimate episode. Josh Wigler, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Westworld': Here's Who Is Still Alive Heading Into Season 3," 26 June 2018 On Friday—in the face of damning emails among NIAAA officials, alcohol industry representatives, and MACH’s principal investigator—the feds pulled the plug. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "The Troubled End of an Ethically Compromised Booze Study," 25 June 2018 Disconnect their electrical plugs and then the dryer vent, which should be a simple squeeze-to-loosen metal ring or a ring clamp loosened by a screwdriver. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "8 Tips to Help You Move Like a Pro," 11 July 2018 Norwegian Air canceled its flight to Edinburgh as of March 25, pulling the plug after just nine months. Kenneth R. Gosselin,, "Tony Sheridan To Lead Connecticut Airport Authority As Chairman," 2 July 2018 To comply with the government’s push for shorter office hours, some companies have literally pulled the plug. Brian Murphy, Washington Post, "South Korea’s president wants people to work less — and have more children," 28 June 2018 Bring your ear plugs to the club, because this bass is designed to blow your mind. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Yellow Claw Trap With A$AP Ferg & Creek Boyz on 'Fake Chanel': Listen," 25 May 2018 Some countries use power outlets that are incompatible with your plugs. New York Times, "How to Pack and Prepare Your Smartphone for Traveling This Summer," 9 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

According to Motherboard, the SDRs became widely available after 2010, letting almost anyone plug them into a computer, download some software and start collecting data sent over radio waves. Andy Marso And Kelsey Ryan, kansascity, "Does your hospital still use pagers? Your personal information may be at risk," 22 June 2018 Analysts say China’s decision to scrap FITs follows a rise to about $15bn last year in the deficit in the subsidy fund earmarked for developers; plugging the gap would have strained public finances. The Economist, "Can the solar industry survive without subsidies?," 14 June 2018 The two men were impersonators, plugging a social media app. Victoria Kim,, "'It's him! Trump!' Kim and 'Ultimate Donald' impersonators turn heads in Singapore," 10 June 2018 The Raiders produced back-to-back three-run innings to wipe out an early deficit and that was enough as Tech pitcher Caleb Killian plugged through 5.1 innings well enough to keep the Cards frustrated on the way to a 10-4 victory. Randy Rosetta, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville baseball one defeat from NCAA elimination after Texas Tech loss," 3 June 2018 And there were a lot of artists that were plugging into it. Mikael Wood,, "Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins on their long history as soulful yacht rock bros," 11 July 2018 But the record should also state this was a team that plugged those holes and placed those Band-Aids longer than some could have expected. Brody Miller,, "'I wish I had longer': LSU baseball's up-and-down season comes to its end," 3 June 2018 The Go can plug into a monitor for a more traditional desktop experience. Hayley Tsukayama,, "Microsoft Shrinks The Surface To A Purse-Friendly Size," 11 July 2018 The data are plugged into an algorithm to determine the most efficient route for a field worker to make rounds. Christopher M. Matthews, WSJ, "Oil’s New Technology Spells End of Boom for Roughnecks," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of plug


1606, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1630, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for plug


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

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Phrases Related to plug

give a plug for

plug away

put in a plug for

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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



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


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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


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.


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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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