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

Other Words from plug and play

plug-and-play adjective

Examples of plug and play in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Panthers made an unsuccessful bid for Deshaun Watson and would like to replace Sam Darnold, but there probably isn’t a quarterback in this class who’s ready to plug and play. Brad Biggs,, 3 Apr. 2022 Mary Kay Cabot, Doug, Scott Patsko, Ashley Bastock and Dan Labbe dig into the option on today’s podcast -- and then discuss if the Mac Jones option is -- drafting a player to plug and play -- is an option. Scott Patsko, cleveland, 15 Jan. 2022 Villains such as the Lizard (voiced by Rhys Ifans) and Electro (Jamie Foxx) appeared on screen less than a decade ago, but there were no plug and play reference files to assist in their re-creation for 2021. Gregory Ellwood, Los Angeles Times, 12 Jan. 2022 This is how much a drama, this is how much a comedy is, and it’s a lot of plug and play. Michael Schneider, Variety, 15 Dec. 2021 The centerpiece is a rotary-wing aircraft simulator/mock-up with a digital backbone architecture that allows plug and play flexibility for different capabilities and systems integration combinations. Eric Tegler, Forbes, 7 Oct. 2021 The platform because of its rapid plug and play technology can be easily adapted to deal with mutations in the virus, such as those already occurring. Ramakrishnan Narayanan, Forbes, 29 Aug. 2021 More important, both — ready-made, plug and play stars — would continue to thrive after he is gone. New York Times, 13 Aug. 2021 Lack of plug and play with commercial off-the-shelf solution accelerators. Chandra Gundlapalli, Forbes, 14 June 2021 See More

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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 10 Aug. 2022.

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