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plug Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun blockage consisting of an object designed to fill a hole tightly
    stopper; stopple.
  2. noun a wad of something chewable as tobacco
    chew; wad; quid; cud; chaw.
  3. noun blatant or sensational promotion
    hype; hoopla; ballyhoo.
  4. noun electrical device that fits into the cylinder head of an internal-combustion engine and ignites the gas by means of an electric spark
    spark plug; sparking plug.
  5. noun an electrical device with two or three pins that is inserted in a socket to make an electrical connection
    male plug.
  6. noun an upright hydrant for drawing water to use in fighting a fire
    fireplug; fire hydrant.
  7. noun an old or over-worked horse
    jade; nag; hack.
  8. verb fill or close tightly with or as if with a plug
    secure; stop up.
    • plug the hole
    • stop up the leak
  9. verb persist in working hard
    plug away.
    • Students must plug away at this problem
  10. verb deliver a quick blow to
    • he punched me in the stomach
  11. verb make a plug for; praise the qualities or in order to sell or promote
  12. verb insert a plug into
    • plug the wall
  13. verb insert as a plug
    • She plugged a cork in the wine bottle

Plug noun
Akin to D. plug, G. pflock, Dan. plök, plug, Sw. plugg; cf. W. ploc.
  1. Any piece of wood, metal, or other substance used to stop or fill a hole; a stopple.
  2. A flat oblong cake of pressed tobacco. U. S.
  3. A high, tapering silk hat. Slang, U.S.
  4. A worthless horse. Slang, U.S.
  5. (Building) A block of wood let into a wall, to afford a hold for nails.
Plug transitive verb
imperfect & past participle Plugged ; present participle & verbal noun Plugging
  1. To stop with a plug; to make tight by stopping a hole.

Webster 1913

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