plug

noun
\ ˈpləg \

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

block, bung, dam, fill, pack, stop, stuff

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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

Its software plugs into electronic health record systems, according to Mr. McSherry. Melanie Evans, WSJ, "Amazon Makes Inroads Selling Medical Supplies to the Sick," 29 Nov. 2018 Microsoft pulled the plug on Groove Music last year. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "A Microsoft 365 subscription for consumers wouldn't work without the Xbox," 12 Dec. 2018 But after much public outcry and a direct order from the Chinese government, Dolce & Gabbana pulled the plug on the show and publicly asked for forgiveness. Mekita Rivas, Teen Vogue, "Melania Trump Wore Dolce & Gabbana After Their 'Racist' Chinese Ad Controversy," 27 Nov. 2018 Mitsubishi builds the world's best-selling plug-in hybrid SUV. Mark Phelan, chicagotribune.com, "Where are the plug-in SUVs? Automakers ignore what buyers want," 12 June 2018 Mercedes-Benz already builds 10 different plug-in hybrids. NBC News, "What's new at this year's New York Auto Show," 3 Apr. 2018 But new registrations for standard hybrids slipped 4.9 percent, because drivers who might have purchased them in the past may have bought plug-in hybrids or pure electrics instead. David R. Baker, San Francisco Chronicle, "The top electric car in California is not a Tesla," 28 Feb. 2018 Automakers have sold more than 727,000 plug-in hybrid or battery-powered cars in the U.S. since 2010, according to the Electric Drive Transportation Association. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "New electric cars in 2018 spark need for more charging stations," 25 Jan. 2018 That is pure electric, not including plug-in hybrids. Tom Krisher, The Seattle Times, "CEO: Mercedes may miss emission goal if electrics don’t sell," 15 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Rotem ran a script that generated random PNR codes, then plugged the individual results into the backend of the website's booking page. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "A Hacker Exposed the Ancient Flaw That Makes Airlines So Hackable," 17 Jan. 2019 At bare minimum, plugging an HD antenna into your TV will give you live access to dozens of local channels — including the big four networks of ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC in many areas. Chris Welch, The Verge, "The Verge Cord Cutter’s Guide: hardware, software, and services," 20 Dec. 2018 The pods that users plug into the device, with the nicotine liquid, come in flavors like mango and berry. CBS News, "Teens are hooked on Juul, but a top exec insists that was never the company's intention," 14 June 2018 In recent years many have been plugging into rock-style sound systems and cranking up the volume. Esther Fung, WSJ, "Why Are People Wearing Earplugs in Church? Hint: It’s Not the Sermon," 25 Jan. 2019 Taylor Energy plugged nine wells, leaving 16 unplugged. Michael Kunzelman, The Seattle Times, "Company can be ordered to drill to end 14-year-old oil leak," 21 Nov. 2018 Obama also plugged a book by a possible 2020 presidential candidate, former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. Michael Schaub, latimes.com, "Obama shares his June reading list, but don't expect any beach reads," 18 June 2018 Shelton, in his role as a coach on NBC's The Voice, has consistently plugged Music City in his attempts to add contestants to his team. Tom Roland, Billboard, "Blake Shelton, Alan Jackson & Other Artists Raise the Bar On Nashville Honky-Tonks," 7 June 2018 Students at Yale, the California Institute of Technology and the University of Waterloo, for instance, developed an Internet browser plug-in that helps users distinguish bias in their news feeds. Peter Salovey, Scientific American, "We Should Teach All Students, in Every Discipline, to Think Like Scientists," 1 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'plug.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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

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
: a thing that is used to close a hole in a container or object

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
US, informal + old-fashioned : to shoot (someone) with a gun

plug

noun
\ ˈpləg \

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 \

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
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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