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  1. (noun) An object, such as a cork or a wad of cloth, used to fill a hole tightly; a stopper.
  2. (noun) A dense mass of material that obstructs a passage.
  3. (noun) A usually cylindrical or conic piece cut from something larger, often as a sample.
  4. (noun) Electricity A fitting, commonly with two metal prongs for insertion in a fixed socket, used to connect an appliance to a power supply.
  5. (noun) Electricity A spark plug.
  6. (noun) A hydrant.
  7. (noun) A flat cake of pressed or twisted tobacco.
  8. (noun) A piece of chewing tobacco.
  9. (noun) Geology A mass of igneous rock filling the vent of a volcano.
  10. (noun) Informal A favorable public mention of a commercial product, business, or performance, especially when broadcast.
  11. (noun) Slang Something inferior, useless, or defective, especially an old, worn-out horse.
  12. (noun) Slang A gunshot or bullet: a plug in the back.
  13. (noun) A lure to which hooks are attached, used especially in angling.
  14. (verb-transitive) To fill (a hole) tightly with or as if with a plug; stop up.
  15. (verb-transitive) To insert (something) as a plug: plugged a cork in the bottle.
  16. (verb-transitive) Slang To hit with a bullet; shoot.
  17. (verb-transitive) Slang To hit with the fist; punch.
  18. (verb-transitive) Informal To publicize (a product, for example) favorably, as by mentioning on a broadcast: authors who plug their latest books on TV talk shows.
  19. (verb-intransitive) To become stopped up or obstructed: a gutter that plugged up with leaves.
  20. (verb-intransitive) Informal To work doggedly and persistently: "You may plug along fifty years before you get anywhere” ( Saul Bellow).
  21. (phrasal-verb) plug in To connect (an appliance) to an electrical outlet.
  22. (phrasal-verb) plug in To function by being connected to an electrical outlet: a power drill that plugs in.
  23. (phrasal-verb) 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.
  24. (phrasal-verb) plug into Slang To cause to be closely attuned or responsive to: connoisseurs who are plugged into the current art scene.

Examples by Wordnik

  1. 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. - Is Microsoft Windows to blame for an unnecessarily high amount of e-waste?
  2. Normally, a plug is always in place here, because this is an areawhere sewer gases dwell. - 2009 July 28 | Reuben's Home Inspection Blog
  3. It arrives with an American flat-pin plug, which is useless here. - 16 posts from March 2010
  4. I don't know what a plug is and I don't know what a bilge pump is. - POW fraud leaves a trail of betrayal
  5. 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. - Smart Folding Plug Wins 2010 Brit Insurance Design Award | Inhabitat


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