American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An object, such as a cork or a wad of cloth, used to fill a hole tightly; a stopper.
- n. A dense mass of material that obstructs a passage.
- n. A usually cylindrical or conic piece cut from something larger, often as a sample.
- n. Electricity A fitting, commonly with two metal prongs for insertion in a fixed socket, used to connect an appliance to a power supply.
- n. Electricity A spark plug.
- n. A hydrant.
- n. A flat cake of pressed or twisted tobacco.
- n. A piece of chewing tobacco.
- n. Geology A mass of igneous rock filling the vent of a volcano.
- n. Informal A favorable public mention of a commercial product, business, or performance, especially when broadcast.
- n. Slang Something inferior, useless, or defective, especially an old, worn-out horse.
- n. Slang A gunshot or bullet: a plug in the back.
- n. A lure to which hooks are attached, used especially in angling.
- v. To fill (a hole) tightly with or as if with a plug; stop up.
- v. To insert (something) as a plug: plugged a cork in the bottle.
- v. Slang To hit with a bullet; shoot.
- v. Slang To hit with the fist; punch.
- v. Informal To publicize (a product, for example) favorably, as by mentioning on a broadcast: authors who plug their latest books on TV talk shows.
- v. To become stopped up or obstructed: a gutter that plugged up with leaves.
- v. Informal To work doggedly and persistently: "You may plug along fifty years before you get anywhere” ( Saul Bellow).
- plug in To connect (an appliance) to an electrical outlet.
- plug in To function by being connected to an electrical outlet: a power drill that plugs in.
- plug into To connect or be connected to in the manner of an electrical appliance: The local system is plugged into the national telephone network. This computer plugs into a data bank.
- plug into Slang To cause to be closely attuned or responsive to: connoisseurs who are plugged into the current art scene.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A piece of wood or other substance, usually in the form of peg or cork, used to stop a hole in a vessel; a stopple; a bung or stopper of any kind.
- n. A peg, wedge, or other appliance driven in, or used to stop a hole or fill a gap. , A piece of wood driven horizontally into a wall, its end being then sawed away flush with the wall, to aiford a hold for nails
- n. A wedge-pin forced between a rail and its chair on a railway.
- n. A spigot driven into place, as in a barrel, in contradistinction to one screwed in.
- n. A wooden stopper fitted in the opening of the pump on a ship's deck during a storm, to protect the water-tanks against lightning; a pump-stopper.
- n. A small piece of some substance, as metallic foil, used by a dentist to fill the cavity of a decayed tooth.
- n. A branch pipe from a watermain, leading to a point where a hose can be conveniently attached, and closed by a cap or plug; a fire-plug.
- n. In die-sinking, a cylindrical piece of soft steel the end of which is fitted to a matrix. When matrix and plug are forced together under heavy pressure, the intaglio design of the matrix is impressed in relief upon the plug. The plug is then hardened, and becomes a punch, which can be used to make impressions on die-faces, as for coining, etc.
- n. A flat oblong cake of pressed tobacco.
- n. A man's silk or dress hat; a plug-hat.
- n. A worn, damaged, unfashionable, or otherwise injured article, which, by reason of its defects, has become undesirable, unsalable, or in a condition rendering it difficult to sell without a large reduction of its price, as a shelf-worn book, or an old horse worn down by hard work. Also old plug.
- n. A short, thick-set person.
- n. A workman who has served no regular apprenticeship.
- n. A sort of fishing-boat.
- n. Same as plug-rod
- To stop with a plug; make tight by stopping a hole: as, to plug a decayed tooth; to plug a wound with lint.
- To hit with a ball or bullet: as, to plug a buck with a rifle.
- To cut out a plug from: said of watermelons when a tapering plug is cut out to see if the fruit is ripe, and then replaced.
- n. In geology, a cylindrical mass of lava, a remnant of the last eruption from a volcanic vent, which chilled in the conduit and plugged it up. See neck, 6 , and stock, 35.
- n. A book that does not sell at all.
- n. In stone-cutting, a wedge which is driven into a hole that has been drilled in a stone for the purpose of splitting it. For large pieces of stone a series of holes is drilled and a wedge or plug driven into each.
- n. In a steam-engine: A plug-rod; a plug-frame.
- n. A safety-plug; a fusible plug inserted in a boiler and made of some alloy which will melt if the temperature of the metal plate of the shell rises above a certain point by reason of low water.
- n. Same as peg, 7.
- n. electricity A pronged connecting device which fits into a mating socket.
- n. Any piece of wood, metal, or other substance used to stop or fill a hole; a stopple.
- n. US A flat oblong cake of pressed tobacco.
- n. US, slang A high, tapering silk hat.
- n. US, slang A worthless horse.
- n. construction A block of wood let into a wall to afford a hold for nails.
- n. A mention of a product (usually a book, film or play) in an interview, or an interview which features one or more of these.
- n. geology A body of once molten rock that hardened in a volcanic vent. Usually round or oval in shape.
- n. fishing A type of lure consisting of a rigid, buoyant or semi-buoyant body and one or more hooks.
- v. transitive To stop with a plug; to make tight by stopping a hole.
- v. transitive To blatantly mention a particular product or service as if advertising it.
- v. intransitive (informal) To persist or continue with something.
- v. transitive To shoot a bullet into something with a gun.
- v. slang, transitive to have sex with, penetrate sexually.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Any piece of wood, metal, or other substance used to stop or fill a hole; a stopple.
- n. United States A flat oblong cake of pressed tobacco.
- n. Slang, U.S. A high, tapering silk hat.
- n. Slang, U.S. A worthless horse.
- n. (Building) A block of wood let into a wall, to afford a hold for nails.
- v. To stop with a plug; to make tight by stopping a hole.
- v. insert a plug into
- n. an upright hydrant for drawing water to use in fighting a fire
- n. an electrical device with two or three pins that is inserted in a socket to make an electrical connection
- v. insert as a plug
- n. an old or over-worked horse
- v. persist in working hard
- n. a wad of something chewable as tobacco
- v. deliver a quick blow to
- n. electrical device that fits into the cylinder head of an internal-combustion engine and ignites the gas by means of an electric spark
- n. blockage consisting of an object designed to fill a hole tightly
- v. make a plug for; praise the qualities or in order to sell or promote
- v. fill or close tightly with or as if with a plug
- n. blatant or sensational promotion
- 1606; from Dutch plug, from Middle Dutch plugge 'peg, plug', from Proto-Germanic *plugjaz (cf. Low German Plüg, German Pflock 'needle', Norwegian plug 'peg, small wedge'); akin to Lithuanian plúkti 'to strike, hew'. (Wiktionary)
- Dutch, from Middle Dutch plugge. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Now I no longer chuckle when I see the term plug and play, because with Linux, that phrase really does describe how easy it is.”
“Normally, a plug is always in place here, because this is an areawhere sewer gases dwell.”
“It arrives with an American flat-pin plug, which is useless here.”
“I don't know what a plug is and I don't know what a bilge pump is.”
“To ensure safety BS 1363 requires that there be at least 9. 5mm from any part of the pins to the periphery of the plug, the minimum width of the plug is therefore the thickness of the pin (4mm) plus 2x 9. 5mm, that is 2.3 cm in total, clearly as the folding plug is claimed to be only 1 cm it cannot possibly meet the standard.”
“When proof of concept testing in the lab went well, Polce shipped a unit, which he describes as plug and play, to Germany.”
“After a "plug" is shaped and coloured, a few hooks and spangles are added to it.”
“One event I'd like to plug is the Saturday morning (10 until noon) Intercambio.”
“When the plug is removed, sewer gases come in to the house.”
“The plug is circled in blue in the photo below, right.”
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