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[eer-pluhg] /ˈɪərˌplʌg/
a plug of soft, pliable material inserted into the opening of the outer ear, especially to keep out water or noise.
Origin of earplug
First recorded in 1900-05; ear1 + plug Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • "This is like a dream," her voice murmured in Blades' earplug.

    Industrial Revolution Poul William Anderson
  • Now he got a Megabuck unit, put the earplug into place, and tried again.

    The Pirates of Shan Harold Leland Goodwin
  • Michael Blades was outside, overseeing the installation of a receptor, when his earplug buzzed.

    Industrial Revolution Poul William Anderson
  • So then Makann did all the talking; they couldn't even depend on him to parrot what they were giving him with an earplug phone.

    Space Viking Henry Beam Piper
British Dictionary definitions for earplug


a small piece of soft material, such as wax, placed in the ear to keep out noise or water
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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