- 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.
verb (used with object), plugged, plug·ging.
verb (used without object), plugged, plug·ging.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
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 cake of pressed or twisted tobacco, esp for chewing
- a small piece of such a cake
verb plugs, plugging or plugged
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.
In addition to the idiom beginning with plug
- plug away at
- plugged in, be
- peg (plug) away at
- pull the plug on