ˈpləgHow to pronounce plug (audio)

1a : a piece used to fill a hole : stopper

b : an obtruding or obstructing mass of material resembling a stopper

2 : a flat compressed cake of tobacco

3 : a small core or segment removed from a larger object

4 : something inferior especially : an inferior often aged or unsound horse

6 : an artificial fishing lure used primarily for casting and made with one or more sets of gang hooks

7 : any of various devices resembling or functioning like a plug: such as

a : a male fitting for making an electrical connection to a live circuit by insertion in a receptacle (such as an outlet)

b : a device for connecting electric wires to a jack

8 : a piece of favorable publicity or a favorable mention usually incorporated in general matter

transitive verb

1a : to stop, make tight, or secure by inserting a plug

b : to remedy (a deficiency) as if by inserting a plug trying to plug the gaps in their understanding

2 : to hit with a bullet : shoot

3 : to advertise or publicize insistently

intransitive verb

1 : to become plugged —usually used with up

2 : to work doggedly and persistently plugged away at her homework

3 : to fire shots

plug into

1 : to connect or become connected to by or as if by means of a plug the city was plugged into the new highway system

2 : to load into as if by means of a plug plugged the data into a computer

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Verb We were able to plug the hole with cement. One of the DJs on the local radio station has been plugging the band’s new album. He plugged him right in the chest.

See MoreRecent Examples on the Web: Noun But now, with the outbreak having expanded — and additional positive tests possible — the NFL rightfully has pulled theplug. — Mike Jones, USA TODAY, “Opinion: Tennessee Titans’ COVID-19 outbreak is reality check for NFL,” 1 Oct. 2020 For credits, the top weights are reserved for all-electric cars, with lesser awards for hybrids andplug-ins. — Shawn Tully, Fortune, “Tesla’s biggest profit center is dangerously close to running out of power,” 30 Sep. 2020 Ron Keichline pulled theplug on his campaign last weekend. — Jeff Forward, Houston Chronicle, “Citing job issues, Woodlands candidate Keichline ends election bid,” 29 Sep. 2020 Guidehouse forecasts sales of hybrids,plug-ins and BEVs will reach 1.13 million this year, 5 million by 2025, and 12.5 million in 2030. — Paul A. Eisenstein, NBC News, “California wants to ban gas-powered cars, but is the auto industry ready to go all electric?,” 25 Sep. 2020 The league pulled theplug on fall football on Aug. 11, postponing all sports competitions through at least Jan. 1. — Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, “Sources: Pac-12, Utah will kick off their football season the weekend of Nov. 6-7, play a 6-game conference schedule,” 24 Sep. 2020 Gary school officials pulled theplug on Monday’s advisory school board meeting after its members tried to voice opinions on the district’s $71.2 million operating referendum. — Carole Carlson, chicagotribune.com, “Gary referendum critics silenced as meeting ends abruptly,” 22 Sep. 2020 Since thoseplug-ins don’t use any electricity, their results are in miles per gallon rather than MPGe. — Dave Vanderwerp, Car and Driver, “Everything You Need to Know about Our Comprehensive Car Testing,” 21 Aug. 2020 Lacey had signed to return to the CFL in 2020, but the league pulled theplug on its season because of the coronavirus pandemic. — Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, “NFL teams promote 5 with Alabama roots for Sunday games,” 20 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb If necessary, the state could use a large chunk of the $3 billion rainy day fund toplug the budget gap at the end of the fiscal year in June 2021. — Christopher Keating, courant.com, “Connecticut puts aside $62M for state employee pensions but $2B deficits loom this year and next,” 1 Oct. 2020 Hospitals in several Indian states are struggling for medical oxygen as the country’s pandemic surges at the fastest rate in the world and manufacturers scramble toplug the gaps in the supply and transportation. — Ragini Saxena, Bloomberg.com, “India’s Hospitals Are Struggling for Oxygen Supply as Pandemic Surges,” 29 Sep. 2020 The unit is easy to set up, simply asking the user to pull it out of the box, remove wraps around its more sensitive components (like the PECO filter) and thenplug it in. —NBC News, “Molekule Air Pro: A new professional-grade air purifier,” 22 Sep. 2020 Justplug it in and charge to have some new air to shoot out. —Popular Science, “PopSci’s 3-day VIP annual sale: time to get clean,” 19 Sep. 2020 The company tried and failed toplug it three times. —ProPublica, “Oil Companies Are Profiting From Illegal Spills. And California Lets Them.,” 18 Sep. 2020 Now, armed with his work, voter rights groups in a handful of states are trying toplug these holes in the voter registration system—before hundreds of thousands of voters are drained from the rolls ahead of the presidential election. — Jack Hitt, Wired, “One IT Guy’s Spreadsheet-Fueled Race to Restore Voting Rights,” 13 Aug. 2020 And if your battery is dangerously low before bed, Apple Watch will remind you toplug it in first. — Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, “iOS 14 Is Apple’s Most Android-Like Update Yet,” 22 June 2020 The Federal Reserve is trying toplug a hole that fiscal policy was widely expected to be filling by now. — Justin Lahart, WSJ, “Fed Needs Fiscal Support to Close Gap Between Markets, Real Economy,” 10 Sep. 2020

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