Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A plug of absorbent material inserted into a body cavity or wound to check a flow of blood or to absorb secretions, especially one designed for insertion into the vagina during menstruation.
  • transitive v. To plug or stop with a tampon.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A plug of cotton or other absorbent material inserted into a body cavity or wound to absorb fluid, especially one inserted in the vagina during menstruation.
  • n. A double-headed drumstick primarily for the bass drum.
  • n. An inking pad used in lithographic printing.
  • v. To plug (a wound) with a tampon or compress.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A plug introduced into a natural or artificial cavity of the body in order to arrest hemorrhage, absorb secretions (as from menstruation), or for the application of medicine.
  • transitive v. To plug with a tampon.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In surgery, a plug inserted to stop hemorrhage.
  • n. In hair-dressing, a cushion of curled hair or the like, used to support the hair in a puff or roll.
  • n. See the quotation.
  • In surgery, to plug tightly, as a wound or a natural orifice, with cotton, linen, or other form of tampon, to stop hemorrhage, to dilate the orifice, or for other purposes.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. plug of cotton or other absorbent material; inserted into wound or body cavity to absorb exuded fluids (especially blood)
  • v. plug with a tampon

Etymologies

French, from Old French; see tampion.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • "In hair-dressing, a cushion of curled hair or the like, used to support the hair in a puff or roll."

    - Century Dictionary

    August 11, 2010