Plug and Play


noun

(sometimes lowercase) a standard for the production of compatible computers, peripherals, and software that facilitates device installation and enables automatic configuration of the system.

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Origin of Plug and Play

First recorded in 1990–95
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British Dictionary definitions for Plug and Play

plug and play

plug'n'play


noun

computing a feature of hardware that enables computers to automatically detect and configure hardware devices without the need for intervention

adjective plug-and-play

capable of detecting the addition of a new input or output device and automatically activating the appropriate control software
Abbreviation: PnP
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