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 After initially looking at rescheduling options for Saturday and Monday, the two Bay Area powers had to pull the plug entirely. Chase Bryson, San Francisco Chronicle, 27 Aug. 2021 But the deeper comparison revolves around Mr. Biden’s decision to pull the plug on the Afghan army by abruptly withdrawing logistical, intelligence and close air support and maintenance, then blaming the Afghans for refusing to fight. WSJ, 19 Aug. 2021 But then Biden pivoted to the cold calculation behind his decision to pull the plug on a mission that has cost more than 2,000 American lives. Author: Anne Gearan, Cleve R. Wootson Jr., Anchorage Daily News, 16 Aug. 2021 Once President Biden decided to pull the plug, NATO troops also began leaving at speed; there is little appetite for returning. New York Times, 13 Aug. 2021 The bill would invest $7.5 billion to build a nationwide network of plug-in electric vehicle chargers along highways to enable long-distance travel, as well as within communities where people live, work and shop. Stephanie Bailey, CNN, 11 Aug. 2021 The United Kingdom’s Parklife music festival was the first of several to pull the plug on DaBaby in the wake of his offensive remarks. Los Angeles Times, 5 Aug. 2021 Charging with just the one plug connected to an outlet will take a bit over nine. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, 6 Aug. 2021 The SF90—a plug-in hybrid—wakes up in electric-only mode. Dan Neil, WSJ, 30 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Michelle Kitchin, who drives for Byron Center, Mich., truckload carrier Van Eerden Trucking Co. and has worked behind the wheel for more than three decades, doubts that bringing in younger recruits would plug leaks in the trucking labor force. Lydia O’neal, WSJ, 9 Sep. 2021 The political pressure to plug the canal isn't going to go away anytime soon. Dan Egan, jsonline.com, 30 Aug. 2021 Different studies yield different results, depending on the statistics and assumptions researchers plug into their mathematical models. BostonGlobe.com, 25 Aug. 2021 What's a three-letter word that prompts parents to pontificate and teens to plug their ears when their parents bring it up? David Oliver, USA TODAY, 5 Aug. 2021 The company is planning for 70% of its sales in Europe and 40% of sales in the US to be either fully electric or plug-in hybrid (but with a large majority of those vehicles being fully electric) within four years, CEO Carlos Tavares said. Charles Riley, CNN, 9 July 2021 Relief money from the Paycheck Protection Program helped plug gaps, but Mr. Williams worried about surviving until diners could safely return. New York Times, 26 June 2021 The Brunswick game plan to plug up and stop Olmsted Falls’ rushing attack worked after halftime. cleveland, 28 Aug. 2021 Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission officials on Aug. 19 issued a $40,000 civil fine to Emerald House for changing its work plan to plug and abandon the Umiat-18 well last spring. Elwood Brehmer, Anchorage Daily News, 26 Aug. 2021

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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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“Plug.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/plug. Accessed 23 Sep. 2021.

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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

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 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

plug

transitive verb
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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