- 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
Related Words for pluggingclog, fill, pack, seal, obstruct, stopper, secure, congest, cover, ram, stop, choke, cork, stuff, block, occlude, close, bung, stopple, mention
Examples from the Web for plugging
Contemporary Examples of plugging
Hundreds of millions of people were accustomed to toting these objects around, plugging them in to recharge them, and using them.Is Wearable Technology a Fad or the Future?
January 9, 2014
When the revolution comes, Suze Orman will likely be plugging away on CNBC, giving the same old financial advice.Can Suze Orman Save America?
November 10, 2013
We think the secret to economic growth is [to] lower tax rates for families and successful small business by plugging loopholes.Mitt Romney, Barack Obama, Paul Ryan, and More Sunday Talk
The Daily Beast Video
September 9, 2012
But down below, millions of Londoners from the queen on down are gritting their teeth and plugging their ears.London Mayor’s Race Shapes Up as a Grudge Match Between Ken Livingstone And Boris Johnson
May 2, 2012
Tony Hayward and his BP henchmen are incompetent—not just at plugging holes, but also at cutting deals, says Donald Trump.Trump Trashes BP
June 18, 2010
Historical Examples of plugging
The operator did some plugging and after a bit came back with a report.A Yankee Flier Over Berlin
And no more than into the open Atlantic than we were plugging into it.Sonnie-Boy's People
James B. Connolly
Say, I won't always be plugging down at Nagel's, believe me.Gigolo
"Let's try it," the repairman said, plugging the cord into a wall socket.Something Will Turn Up
Let us not count our chickens just yet, but keep on plugging.The Young Alaskans on the Missouri
- 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