- a piece of wood or other material used to stop up a hole or aperture, to fill a gap, or to act as a wedge.
- a core or interior segment taken from a larger matrix.
- Electricity. a device to which may be attached the conductors of a cord and which by insertion in a jack, or screwing into a receptacle, establishes contact.
- spark plug(def 1).
- a fireplug or hydrant.
- a cake of pressed tobacco.
- a piece of tobacco cut off for chewing.
- Informal. the favorable mention of something, as in a lecture, radio show, etc.; advertisement; recommendation: The actress was happy to give her new show a plug.
- Angling. an artificial lure made of wood, plastic, or metal, and fitted with one or more gang hooks, used chiefly in casting.
- Geology. neck(def 14).
- Slang. a worn-out or inferior horse.
- Informal. a shopworn or unsalable article.
- a small piece of sod used especially for seeding a lawn.
- a patch of scalp with viable hair follicles that is used as a graft for a bald part of the head.Compare hair transplant.
- Slang. punch1(def 1).
- a mandrel on which tubes are formed.
- a punch on which a cup is drawn.
- a protrusion on a forging die for forming a recess in the work.
- a false bottom on a die.
- Also called dook. a small piece of wood inserted into masonry as a hold for a nail.
- Masonry. See under plug and feathers.
- Also called plug hat. a man's tall silk hat.
- to stop or fill with or as if with a plug (often followed by up): to plug up a leak; plug a gap.
- to insert or drive a plug into.
- to secure with or as if with a plug.
- to insert (something) as a plug.
- to remove a core or a small plug-shaped piece from.
- to remove the center of (a coin) and replace it with a baser metal: a plugged nickel.
- Informal. to mention (something) favorably, as in a lecture, radio show, etc.: He says he will appear if he can plug his new TV series.
- Slang. to punch with the fist.
- Slang. to shoot or strike with a bullet.
- to work with stubborn persistence (often followed by along or away): You're doing a fine job—just keep plugging. Some writers will plug away at the same novel for several years.
- Informal. to publicize insistently: Whenever he gets the chance, he's plugging for his company.
- Slang. to shoot or fire shots.
- plug in,
- to connect to an electrical power source: Plug the TV set in over there.
- Informal.to add or include; incorporate: They still have to plug in more research data.
- plug into,
- to connect or become connected by or as if by means of a plug: The device will plug into any convenient wall outlet. The proposed new departments would eventually plug into the overall organizational plan.
- Informal.to feel an affinity for; like; understand: Some kids just don't plug into sports in school.
- plug up, to become plugged: The drain in the sink plugs up every so often.
- pull the plug on, Informal.
- to discontinue or terminate: The government has threatened to pull the plug on further subsidies.
- to disconnect life-sustaining equipment from (a moribund patient).
Origin of plug
plug and feathers
- an apparatus for splitting stone, consisting of two tapered bars (feathers), inserted into a hole drilled into the stone, between which a narrow wedge (plug) is hammered to spread them.
Origin of plug and feathers
Related Words for plugclog, fill, pack, seal, wedge, spigot, occlusion, connection, cork, filling, river, fitting, bung, tampon, stopple, hype, push, blurb, advertisement, mention
Examples from the Web for plug
Contemporary Examples of plug
TLC promptly pulled the plug on the hit series and Shannon embarked on a press tour denying the claims.Butts, Brawls, and Bill Cosby: The Biggest Celebrity Scandals of 2014
December 27, 2014
Just plug it into any TV and get watching—no need to schedule an installation.New Innovations Let You Watch TV Anywhere You Go
December 8, 2014
And then I reach into my pocket and plug in another quarter.‘Asteroids’ & The Dawn of the Gamer Age
November 29, 2014
How long did you see Hello Ladies going prior to HBO pulling the plug?Stephen Merchant Talks ‘Hello Ladies’ movie, the Nicole Kidman Cameo, and Legacy of ‘The Office’
November 22, 2014
She recalls a particularly traumatic conversation with a HBO executive soon after the plug was pulled on The Comeback.How Lisa Kudrow Pulled Off TV’s Ultimate ‘Comeback’
November 6, 2014
Historical Examples of plug
Where two anvils were to be had, the cannonade was much brisker, as then a plug was not needed.In the Midst of Alarms
The ordinary "plug hat" was known to these people, but not an opera hat.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
And I remember what a plug we thought my room-mate was because he wouldn't come with us.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
His other feats were the introduction of the pipe into England and the plug into Ireland.Who Was Who: 5000 B. C. to Date
I managed to plug three of them and I guess they thought I was a dozen men.Poisoned Air
Sterner St. Paul Meek
- a piece of wood, cork, or other material, often cylindrical in shape, used to stop up holes and gaps or as a wedge for taking a screw or nail
- such a stopper used esp to close the waste pipe of a bath, basin, or sink while it is in use and removed to let the water drain away
- a device having one or more pins to which an electric cable is attached: used to make an electrical connection when inserted into a socket
- Also called: volcanic plug a mass of solidified magma filling the neck of an extinct volcano
- See sparking plug
- a cake of pressed or twisted tobacco, esp for chewing
- a small piece of such a cake
- angling a weighted artificial lure with one or more sets of hooks attached, used in spinning
- a seedling with its roots encased in potting compost, grown in a tray with compartments for each individual plant
- informal a recommendation or other favourable mention of a product, show, etc, as on television, on radio, or in newspapers
- slang a shot, blow, or punch (esp in the phrase take a plug at)
- informal the mechanism that releases water to flush a lavatory (esp in the phrase pull the plug)
- mainly US an old horse
- pull the plug on informal to put a stop to
- (tr) to stop up or secure (a hole, gap, etc) with or as if with a plug
- (tr) to insert or use (something) as a plugto plug a finger into one's ear
- (tr) informal to make favourable and often-repeated mentions of (a song, product, show, etc), esp on television, on radio, or in newspapers
- (tr) slang to shoot with a gunhe plugged six rabbits
- (tr) slang to punch or strike
- (intr; foll by along, away, etc) informal to work steadily or persistently
Word Origin for plug
1620s, originally a seamen's term, probably from Dutch plug, Middle Dutch plugge "bung, stopper," related to Norwegian plugg, Danish pløg, North Frisian plaak, Middle Low German pluck, German Pflock; ultimate origin uncertain. Irish and Gaelic words are from English. Sense of "wad or stick of tobacco" is attested from 1728, based on resemblance. Electrical sense is from 1883, based on being inserted; meaning "sparking device in an internal combustion engine" is from 1886. Meaning "advertisement" first recorded 1902, American English, perhaps from verb sense "work energetically at" (c.1865).
"close tightly (a hole), fill," 1620s, from plug (n.) or from Dutch pluggen. Meaning "work energetically at" is c.1865. Sense of "popularize by repetition" is from 1906. Slang sense "put a bullet into" is recorded from 1870. Related: Plugged; plugging.
- A dense mass of material filling a hole or closing an orifice.
- To fill tightly with a plug.
In addition to the idiom beginning with plug
- plug away at
- plugged in, be
- peg (plug) away at
- pull the plug on