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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Other Words from plug and play

plug-and-play adjective

Examples of plug and play in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lack of plug and play with commercial off-the-shelf solution accelerators. Chandra Gundlapalli, Forbes, 14 June 2021 Rising can't afford to play plug and play on the backline all season long. Edwin Perez, The Arizona Republic, 29 Apr. 2021 All the usual sports suspects, from ESPN to CBS to Yahoo!, have free offerings for those looking to plug and play. Jason Kurtz, CNN, 15 Mar. 2021 With partners, Qualcomm on Wednesday announced a plug and play IoT platform service sold as a subscription. Mike Freeman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Dec. 2020 The My Passport SSD is plug and play with a Mac or a PC out of the box. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, 13 Nov. 2020 Sivaram and his team include a draft executive order in the report so the next administration can just plug and play. Leslie Kaufman,, 5 Oct. 2020 The bins make everything plug and play, so cleaning up isn't a horrible task. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 1 Sep. 2020 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, 8 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of plug and play

1984, in the meaning defined above

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17 Jun 2021

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“Plug and play.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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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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