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Webster 1913 Edition


Plug

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.
Breech plug
(Gun.)
,
in breech-loading guns, the metal plug or cylinder which closes the aperture in the breech, through which the gun is loaded.
Fire plug
,
a street hydrant to which hose may be attached.
[U. S.]
Hawse plug
(Naut.)
,
a plug to stop a hawse hole.
Plug and feather
.
(Stone Working)
See
Feather
,
Noun.
, 7.
Plug centerbit
,
a centerbit ending in a small cylinder instead of a point, so as to follow and enlarge a hole previously made, or to form a counterbore around it.
Plug rod
(Steam Eng.)
, a rod attached to the beam for working the valves, as in the Cornish engine.
Plug valve
(Mech.)
,
a tapering valve, which turns in a case like the plug of a faucet.

Plug

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Plugged
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Plugging
.]
To stop with a plug; to make tight by stopping a hole.

Webster 1828 Edition


Plug

PLUG

,
Noun.
A stopple; any piece of pointed wood or other substance used to stop a hole, but larger than a peg or spile.
Hawse-plug, in marine affairs, a plug to stop a hawse-hole.
Shot-plug, a plug to stop a breach made by a cannon ball in the side of a ship.

PLUG

,
Verb.
T.
To stop with a plug; to make tight by stopping a hole.

Definition 2021


plug

plug

See also: pług

English

Noun

An electrical plug
Some fishing plugs

plug (plural plugs)

  1. (electricity) A pronged connecting device which fits into a mating socket.
    I pushed the plug back into the electrical socket and the lamp began to glow again.
  2. Any piece of wood, metal, or other substance used to stop or fill a hole; a stopple.
    Pull the plug out of the tub so it can drain.
  3. (US) A flat oblong cake of pressed tobacco.
    He preferred a plug of tobacco to loose chaw.
  4. (US, slang) A high, tapering silk hat.
  5. (US, slang) A worthless horse.
    That sorry old plug is ready for the glue factory!
  6. (construction) A block of wood let into a wall to afford a hold for nails.
  7. A mention of a product (usually a book, film or play) in an interview, or an interview which features one or more of these.
    During the interview, the author put in a plug for his latest novel.
  8. (geology) A body of once molten rock that hardened in a volcanic vent. Usually round or oval in shape.
    Pressure built beneath the plug in the caldera, eventually resulting in a catastrophic explosion of pyroclastic shrapnel and ash.
  9. (fishing) A type of lure consisting of a rigid, buoyant or semi-buoyant body and one or more hooks.
    The fisherman cast the plug into a likely pool, hoping to catch a whopper.
  10. (horticulture) A small seedling grown in a tray from expanded polystyrene or polythene filled usually with a peat or compost substrate.
  11. A short cylindrical piece of jewellery commonly worn in larger-gauge body piercings, especially in the ear.

Synonyms

Derived terms

Translations

Coordinate terms

  • (worthless horse): bum (racing)

Verb

plug (third-person singular simple present plugs, present participle plugging, simple past and past participle plugged)

  1. (transitive) To stop with a plug; to make tight by stopping a hole.
    He attempted to plug the leaks with some caulk.
  2. (transitive) To blatantly mention a particular product or service as if advertising it.
    The main guest on the show just kept plugging his latest movie: it got so tiresome.
  3. (intransitive, informal) To persist or continue with something.
    Keep plugging at the problem until you find a solution.
  4. (transitive) To shoot a bullet into something with a gun.
    • 1884, H. Rider Haggard, The Witch's Head
      I am awfully glad that you kept your nerve and plugged him; it would have been better if you could have nailed him through the right shoulder, which would not have killed him...
  5. (slang, transitive) to have sex with, penetrate sexually.
    I'd love to plug her.

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Albanian

Etymology

From a Slavic language, compare Proto-Slavic *plugъ.

Noun

plug ?

  1. plough

Derived terms


Aromanian

Alternative forms

Etymology

From a Slavic language, compare Proto-Slavic *plugъ. Compare also Romanian plug.

Noun

plug n (plural pluguri)

  1. plough

Synonyms

  • aratru, aletrã, paramendã, dãmãljiugu

Derived terms


Dutch

Pronunciation

Etymology

From early modern Dutch plugge, from Middle Dutch *plugge, from Old Dutch *pluggi, from Proto-Germanic *plugjaz. Despite being attested only very late, it has certain cognates in several other Germanic languages, including Middle Low German plugge, Middle High German plugge, Swedish plugg.

Noun

plug m (plural pluggen, diminutive plugje n)

  1. wall plug (used to hold nails and screws)

French

Etymology

From English plug.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /pluɡ/

Noun

plug m (plural plugs)

  1. butt-plug

Istro-Romanian

Etymology

From a Slavic language, compare Proto-Slavic *plugъ.

Noun

plug n (plural plugur, definite singular plugu, definite plural plugurle)

  1. plough

Romanian

Etymology

From a Slavic language, compare Proto-Slavic *plugъ, borrowed from Proto-Germanic *plōgaz (plough), *plōguz.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [pluɡ]

Noun

plug n (plural pluguri)

  1. plough

Declension


Serbo-Croatian

Etymology

From Proto-Slavic *plugъ, borrowed from Proto-Germanic *plōgaz (plough), *plōguz.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /plûɡ/

Noun

plȕg m (Cyrillic spelling плу̏г)

  1. plough

Declension


Slovene

Etymology

From Proto-Slavic *plugъ, borrowed from Proto-Germanic *plōgaz (plough), *plōguz.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈplúːk/, /ˈplúk/
  • Tonal orthography: plȗg, plȕg

Noun

plúg or plùg m inan (genitive plúga, nominative plural plúgi)

  1. plough (device pulled through the ground in order to break it upon into furrows for planting)

Declension