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

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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 Most would say that Windows 95 was significant for its addition of the Start button, or the merging of MS-DOS and Windows, or plug and play. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "The dream of the ’90s is alive in this Windows 95 screensaver indie game," 20 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of plug and play

1984, in the meaning defined above

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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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