plug and play


Definition of plug and play

: a feature of a computer system by which peripherals are automatically detected and configured by the operating system

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plug-and-play adjective

Examples of plug and play in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Soccer is no longer plug and play; there are attacking patterns to learn, movements to memorize, pressing triggers to internalize. Rory Smith, New York Times, "The Bruno Fernandes Effect: How Manchester United Turned the Tables," 8 Mar. 2020 The wireless is easy to use thanks to the plug and play USB adapter and the battery easily lasted enough for a few marathon sessions before needing a good charge. Nicole Carpenter, USA TODAY, "The best gaming headsets of 2019 for PC, Xbox One X, PS4, and more," 16 Oct. 2019 Two wired controllers are included, and the console is ready to plug and play right out of the box. CNN Underscored, "CNN Underscored readers' favorite Amazon products last month," 3 Oct. 2019 His 3-and-D skill set is plug and play for a team like the Trail Blazers. Sean Meagher | The Oregonian/oregonlive,, "NBA mock draft 2019: Rounding up who the experts like for the Trail Blazers with one week left," 13 June 2019 Philadelphia has built a successful core and is able to plug and play new pieces in around it for what should be a successful run. Nat Newell, Indianapolis Star, "What you need to know about Colts vs. Eagles," 10 July 2018 Smith is a free agent and would make for a smart utility player to keep on hand in case he is needed to plug and play again. Jim Owczarski,, "BX: How will Bengals' offensive line transform?," 26 Jan. 2018 The Oklahoma Sooners, with three Heisman-winning quarterbacks — including the most recent one — plug and play at that position. Carlos Mendez, star-telegram, "Way-Too-Early 2018 Big 12 football Power Rankings | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 11 Jan. 2018 Stephens is the sort of plug and play player that could see the field early during the 2018 season. Jason Gold Diehards, ajc, "Oregon recruiting: Early signees most likely to make the biggest impact," 23 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of plug and play

1984, in the meaning defined above

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“Plug and play.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of plug and play

computers : a feature of a computer system that makes it possible for the computer to use a device as soon as it is connected to the computer

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