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Dictionary Definition

plug

Noun

1 blockage consisting of an object designed to fill a hole tightly [syn: stopper, stopple]
2 a wad of something chewable as tobacco [syn: chew, chaw, cud, quid, wad]
3 blatant or sensational promotion [syn: ballyhoo, hoopla, hype]
4 electrical device that fits into the cylinder head of an internal-combustion engine and ignites the gas by means of an electric spark [syn: spark plug, sparking plug]
5 an electrical device with two or three pins that is inserted in a socket to make an electrical connection [syn: male plug]
6 an upright hydrant for drawing water to use in fighting a fire [syn: fireplug, fire hydrant]
7 an old or over-worked horse [syn: hack, jade, nag]

Verb

1 fill or close tightly with or as if with a plug; "plug the hole"; "stop up the leak" [syn: stop up, secure]
2 persist in working hard; "Students must plug away at this problem" [syn: plug away]
3 deliver a quick blow to; "he punched me in the stomach" [syn: punch]
4 make a plug for; praise the qualities or in order to sell or promote [also: plugging, plugged]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

From Middle Low German and Middle Dutch plugge (Dutch plug), of unknown ultimate origin. Cognate with German Pflock.

Pronunciation

  • , /plʌɡ/, /plVg/
  • Rhymes: -ʌɡ

Noun

  1. In the context of "electricity": A pronged connecting device which fits into a mating socket.
    I pushed the plug back into the electrical socket and the lamp began to glow again.
  2. Any piece of wood, metal, or other substance used to stop or fill a hole; a stopple.
    Pull the plug out of the tub so it can drain.
  3. A flat oblong cake of pressed tobacco.
    He preferred a plug of tobacco to loose chaw.
  4. In the context of "US|slang": A high, tapering silk hat.
  5. In the context of "US|slang": A worthless horse.
    That sorry old plug is ready for the glue factory!
  6. In the context of "construction": A block of wood let into a wall to afford a hold for nails.
  7. A mention of a product (usually a book, film or play) in an interview, or an interview which features one or more of these.
    During the interview, the author put in a plug for his latest novel.
  8. A body of once molten rock that hardened in a volcanic vent. Usually round or oval in shape.
    Pressure built beneath the plug in the caldera, eventually resulting in a catastrophic explosion of pyroclastic shrapnel and ash.
  9. In the context of "fishing": A type of lure consisting of a rigid, buoyant or semi-buoyant body and one or more hooks.
    The fisherman cast the plug into a likely pool, hoping to catch a whopper.
electric connecting device
hole filler

Verb

  1. To stop with a plug; to make tight by stopping a hole.
    He attempted to plug the leaks with some caulk.
  2. To mention a particular product or service.
    The main guest on the show just kept plugging his latest movie: it got so tiresome.
  3. To persist or continue with something.
    Keep plugging at the problem until you find a solution.
  4. To shoot a bullet into something with a gun.
    • 1884, H. Rider Haggard, The Witch's Head
      I am awfully glad that you kept your nerve and plugged him; it would have been better if you could have nailed him through the right shoulder, which would not have killed him...

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Albanian

Etymology

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Noun

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Bosnian

Etymology

Noun

  1. plough

Croatian

Etymology

Noun

  1. plough

French

Etymology

From plug.

Pronunciation

/plug/

Noun

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Etymology

From a language, compare .

Noun

  1. plough

Romanian

Etymology

From a language, compare .

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. plough

Declension

Serbian

Etymology

Noun

  1. plough

Slovene

Noun

  1. plough (device pulled through the ground in order to break it upon into furrows for planting)

Extensive Definition

Plug may refer to:

See also

plug in German: Plug
plug in French: Plug (homonymie)
plug in Japanese: プラグ
plug in Dutch: Plug

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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