- An object, such as a cork or a wad of cloth, used to fill a hole tightly; a stopper.
- A dense mass of material that obstructs a passage.
- A usually cylindrical or conic piece cut from something larger, often as a sample.
a. A fitting, commonly with two metal prongs for insertion in a fixed socket, used to connect an appliance to a power supply.
b. A spark plug.
- A hydrant.
a. A flat cake of pressed or twisted tobacco.
b. A piece of chewing tobacco.
- Geology A mass of igneous rock filling the vent of a volcano.
- Informal A favorable public mention of a commercial product, business, or performance, especially when broadcast.
- Slang Something inferior, useless, or defective, especially an old, worn-out horse.
- Slang A gunshot or bullet: a plug in the back.
- A fishing lure having a hook or hooks.
verbplugged, plug·ging, plugs
- To fill (a hole) tightly with or as if with a plug; stop up.
- To insert (something) as a plug: plugged a cork in the bottle.
- To insert in an appropriate place or position: plug a quarter into the parking meter; plugged the variables into the equation.
a. To hit with a bullet; shoot.
b. To hit with the fist; punch.
- Informal To publicize (a product, for example) favorably, as by mentioning on a broadcast: authors who plug their latest books on TV talk shows.
Phrasal Verbs: plug in
- To become stopped up or obstructed: a gutter that plugged up with leaves.
- Informal To move or work doggedly and persistently: “You may plug along fifty years before you get anywhere” ( Saul Bellow )
To connect (an appliance) to an electrical outlet.To function by being connected to an electrical outlet: a power drill that plugs in. Slang
To cause (someone) to use a computer network, the Internet, or an electronic device. Slang
To become informed about or involved with: was eager to plug in to the campus social scene. plug into
To connect or be connected in the manner of an electrical appliance: The local system is plugged into the national telephone network. This computer plugs into a data bank. Slang
To cause (someone) to use a computer network, the internet, or an electronic device. Slang
To cause to be informed about or involved with: connoisseurs who are plugged into the current art scene.
Origin of plug
Middle Dutch plugge
- (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.
- 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.
- (US) A flat oblong cake of pressed tobacco.
- He preferred a plug of tobacco to loose chaw.
- (US, slang) A high, tapering silk hat.
- (US, slang) A worthless horse.
- That sorry old plug is ready for the glue factory!
- (construction) A block of wood let into a wall to afford a hold for nails.
- 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.
- (geology) 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.
- (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.
(third-person singular simple present plugs, present participle plugging, simple past and past participle plugged)
- To stop with a plug; to make tight by stopping a hole.
- He attempted to plug the leaks with some caulk.
- To blatantly mention a particular product or service as if advertising it.
- The main guest on the show just kept plugging his latest movie: it got so tiresome.
- (intransitive, informal) To persist or continue with something.
- Keep plugging at the problem until you find a solution.
- To shoot a bullet into something with a gun.
- (slang) to have sex with, penetrate sexually.
- I'd love to plug her.
1606; from Dutch plug, from Middle Dutch plugge 'peg, plug', from Proto-Germanic *plugjaz (cf. Low German PlÃ¼g, German Pflock 'needle', Norwegian plug 'peg, small wedge'); akin to Lithuanian plÃºkti 'to strike, hew'.