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plug

I.noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
close/plug a loophole (=change something so that there is no longer a loophole)
▪ The president is eager to close tax loopholes for foreign companies.
plug and play
spark plug
sparking plug
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ NOUN
spark
▪ Always remove the lead from the spark plug of petrol machines and unplug electric models before cleaning or servicing.
▪ The distance between them is like the gap of a spark plug.
▪ The spark plugs were found in the lunch box as arranged and he was immediately dismissed in accordance with company practice.
▪ Automakers worry it shorts out spark plugs.
▪ However, at a recent service I found signs of burning on the spark plugs and I have reverted to leaded.
▪ For the sake of the team, she is willing to be the spark plug.
▪ He was a spark plug at the top of the lineup.
▪ The first customer orders a set of spark plugs.
■ VERB
fit
▪ Consumer pressure groups are calling for legislation to force manufacturers to fit plugs on goods before they leave the factory.
▪ He fitted on a plug and tried it out in his room, closing the curtains.
pull
▪ Well, I did have running water; when I pulled the bath plug it ran all over the floor.
▪ Mir guys, pull the plug.
▪ The banks can pull the plug.
▪ George Bush pulled the plug out here fairly early.
▪ Practically, the banks are not wishing to pull the plug.
▪ But the firm pulled the plug on the scheme last week, leaving McAlpine fuming.
▪ But just recently, Bussell effectively pulled the plug on his baby, closing it to all but a handful of friends.
remove
▪ Switch off the power socket and remove the plug. 2.
▪ For refrigerators with removable drain plugs, remove plug and force warm water mixed with baking soda through the drain.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ He sleeps with plugs in his ears.
▪ If I ever get that way, just pull the plug.
▪ the plug on the electric blanket
▪ Where's the plug in here?
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ And it comes with a removable air filter, an extra long cable, fitted plug and a two year guarantee.
▪ Busted cord probably, or the plugs went bad.
▪ Ear defenders: Are supplied in the form of plug or fibre ear inserts or earphone types which fully enclose the ear.
▪ Every morning the chemicals in your anti-perspirant react with your sweat to form a plug.
▪ Gee made two more plugs yesterday.
▪ Messages for the intelligent plug are carried by signals on the house wiring.
▪ Practically, the banks are not wishing to pull the plug.
▪ The distance between them is like the gap of a spark plug.
II.verb
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADVERB
away
▪ An ideal adventure for beginners, this one should have you plugging away till the wee small hours of the morning.
▪ In any case, Fred worked, worried, plugged away.
▪ Said later that he s an exceptional talent and only bad luck stopped him scoring, and to keep plugging away.
▪ But as Sulloway was plugging away, other scientists were busy debunking birth order.
▪ He's gone about it quietly, just plugging away and learning from watching others.
▪ Ian plugged away at the lab that was to become Roslin, trying to improve the technology of animal transgenesis.
in
▪ For safety reasons therefore, the box must be assembled whenever the unit is plugged in.
▪ She was also extremely plugged in at Salomon Brothers, in a way that the opportunist was not.
▪ However, I'd like an individual monitor plugged in as well.
▪ One example demonstrated at a news conference would require spray cans to be plugged in.
▪ What would he say of the masses of modern art that you have to plug in in order to fully appreciate?
▪ He even does rounds at the local hospital, ensuring that the terminally ill remain plugged in.
▪ SIMMs are simple to fit - they just plug in.
▪ A device resembling a coaster was attached to the bottom of the can and plugged in, which opened the valve.
just
Just plug in a phone number.
▪ SIMMs are simple to fit - they just plug in.
Just plug in a couple of speakers and one mains socket and the whole thing springs to life.
▪ He's gone about it quietly, just plugging away and learning from watching others.
Just plug into the Sun and go.
▪ You just plug in the amp and away you go.
simply
Simply plug the aerial into the board at the back of your computer.
▪ The transformer simply plugs into a mains socket indoors or in a garage, and only the low-voltage wire is taken outside.
▪ The expatriate's role is often poorly defined; instead of genuine capacity building, expatriates simply plug gaps.
▪ There are many portable types available for hire which simply plug into the 13amp socket.
up
▪ Rather than plugging up your pores with chemicals, Kyomi uses a new material derived from natural plant fibres.
▪ On Sept. 3, another Premium pipe became plugged up, sending more waste into the Mussel Fork.
▪ My well of songs would dry up, or be plugged up with concrete.
▪ Without enough liquid, fiber can plug up the intestines.
▪ But if the artery stays plugged up for something like 15 minutes or more, permanent damage occurs.
▪ But the plumber she called when the toilet kept plugging up sometimes found plastic baggies in it.
■ NOUN
computer
▪ Certainly there are commercially available recognition units which can be plugged into home computers but they are very unsophisticated.
▪ Industrial spies may even be able to plug their own personal computers into confidential data-networks.
ear
▪ Give him a plastic or wooden spoon and plug your ears!
▪ A sprinkle more, seeking him; he plugged his ear with his pinky.
▪ Lashed to the mast, did he think the wax he'd also plugged his own ears with would work?
gap
▪ Insurance companies aim to plug the gap.
▪ Many professionals said this failed to plug a gap in the Children Act.
▪ Small businesses are crying out for workers, and poor foreigners plug a gap.
▪ The remaining people would become overburdened trying to plug the gaps.
▪ A lack of adequate reserves means the company will have to plug the gap using other resources.
▪ McAllister spelled out what's needed to start plugging the 11-point gap between themselves and leaders Norwich.
▪ The expatriate's role is often poorly defined; instead of genuine capacity building, expatriates simply plug gaps.
▪ He hopes that I may be able, in some way, to plug the gap in his family history.
port
▪ Controlling your craft couldn't be simpler - plug your joystick in port 2 and get going!
socket
▪ I don't shut all the internal doors and I certainly don't pull most plugs out at the socket.
▪ The device, small enough to fit in a shirt pocket, plugs into a wall socket.
▪ The transformer simply plugs into a mains socket indoors or in a garage, and only the low-voltage wire is taken outside.
▪ It's a portable car phone that can be plugged into the socket of a cigarette lighter.
▪ There are many portable types available for hire which simply plug into the 13amp socket.
▪ Her head was back and her chin raised, resin plugging the eye sockets.
spark
▪ His grin was coated with carbon from years of taking out spark plugs with his teeth.
■ VERB
keep
▪ You have to keep plugged into the latest artistic fashions.
▪ But the plumber she called when the toilet kept plugging up sometimes found plastic baggies in it.
▪ Said later that he s an exceptional talent and only bad luck stopped him scoring, and to keep plugging away.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ Don't pour oil in the sink - it'll plug up the drain.
▪ The author used the opportunity of appearing on TV to give his latest book a plug.
▪ The only reason she agreed to be interviewed was to plug her new record.
▪ They plugged him full of lead.
▪ Whitaker was there to plug his new movie.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ A cyberspace scout sits in a dark room and then plugs a modem directly into his brain.
▪ A sprinkle more, seeking him; he plugged his ear with his pinky.
▪ Her head was back and her chin raised, resin plugging the eye sockets.
▪ I plugged my naked feet in between the empty seats as tears rolled down my cheeks.
▪ Its only disadvantage is that it isn't as quite as easy as plugging in a coprocessor card.
▪ She had not noticed Amy filling and plugging in an electric kettle, but it was singing efficiently next to the cooker.
▪ When one of the cofferdams sprang a huge leak, it was plugged with old mattresses.
▪ You then plug your appliance into the adaptor - absolutely no wiring or electrical know-how is needed.
Wikipedia

Plug (fishing)

Plugs are a popular type of hard-bodied fishing lure. They are widely known by a number of other names depending on the country and region. Such names include crankbait, wobbler, minnow, shallow-diver and deep-diver. The term minnow is usually used for long, slender, lures that imitate baitfish, while the term plug is usually used for shorter, deeper-bodied lures which imitate deeper-bodied fish, frogs and other prey. Shallow-diver and deep-diver refer to the diving capabilities of the lure, which depends on the size and angle of the lip, and lure buoyancy.

Plug (sanitation)

A plug in sanitation is an object that is used to close a drainage outlet firmly.

The insertion of a plug into a drainage outlet allows the container to be filled with water or other fluids. In contrast to screw on caps, plugs are pushed into the hole and are not put over the hole.

Plugs are most commonly encountered in the bathroom or kitchen, for use in bathtubs, wash basins or sinks.

Plug

Plug, PLUG, plugs, or plugged may refer to:

  • Plug (accounting), an unsupported adjustment to an accounting record
  • Plug (fishing), a family of fishing lures
  • Plug (horticulture), a planting technique
  • Plug (jewellery), a type of jewellery worn in stretched piercings
  • Plug (sanitation), a stopper for a drainage outlet
  • Butt plug, a sex toy that is inserted into the rectum
  • Core plug, used to fill the casting holes on engines
  • Earplug for ear protection
  • Fusible plug, a safety device in steam boilers
  • Hair plug, hair that has undergone hair transplantation
  • Mating plug, secretion used in the mating of some animal species
  • Plug, a step in the manufacturing process for parts made of carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer
  • Plug, a type of chewing tobacco made by pressing tobacco with syrup
  • Plug computer, a type of small-form-factor computer
  • Portland Linux/Unix Group (PLUG), a group of Linux enthusiasts in Portland, Oregon
  • Product plug, or product placement in marketing
  • Volcanic plug, a geological landform
  • Wall plug, a fastener that allows screws to be fitted into masonry walls

Plug (comics)

Plug was a British comics magazine that ran for 75 issues from 24 September 1977 until 24 February 1979, when it merged with The Beezer. It was edited by Ian Gray.

A spin-off from The Bash Street Kids comic strip in The Beano, the comic was based on the character Plug who was a distinctively ugly member of the Bash Street Kids. His dog (Pug) from Pup Parade, and a new character called Chunkee the Monkey (Plug's pet monkey) accompanied him. Vic Neill mainly drew the title character's strip. The comic also had its own fan club, the Plug Sports and Social Club. The comic was inspired in part by Mad Magazine.

The Plug comic was never a big hit, possibly because, at 9 pence, it was too expensive compared to other D.C. Thomson comics at the time, which were priced at around 5 pence. According to the 2008 book The History of the Beano, for a while there were rumours of a "curse of Plug", fuelled by the fact that a number of celebrities featured in Mad magazine-style caricatures on the comic's cover died soon after, most notably John Wayne. However, the strip's use of gravure painting is still used in comics today.

Plug (horticulture)

Plugs in horticulture are small-sized seedlings grown in trays from expanded polystyrene or polythene filled usually with a peat or compost substrate. This type of plug is used for commercially raising vegetables and bedding plants. Similarly plugs may also refer to small sections of lawn grass sod. After being planted, lawn grass may somewhat spread over an adjacent area.

Plug plants are young plants raised in small, individual cells, ready to be transplanted into containers or a garden. Professionally raised vegetable/flowering plants in controlled conditions during their important formative period (the first 4–6 weeks) can help to ensure plant health and for plants to reach their maximum potential during the harvest/blooming period. Establishing a garden using plug plants is often easier than doing so starting from seed.

Plug (jewellery)

A plug (sometimes earplug or earspool), in the context of body modification, is a short, cylindrical piece of jewellery commonly worn in larger-gauge body piercings. Because of their size — which is often substantially thicker than a standard metal earring — plugs can be made out of almost any material. Acrylic glass, metal, wood, bone, stone, horn, glass, silicone or porcelain are all potential plug materials.

Plugs are commonly, and have historically, been worn in the ears. They can, however, be inserted into any piercing.

In order for a plug to stay put within a piercing, the ends of its cylindrical shape are often "flared out," or the plug is fastened in place by o-rings. Combinations of these two methods may also be used.

  • A double-flared (or saddle) plug, flares outward at both ends, and is thinner towards the middle. No o-rings are needed to keep the plug in the piercing, but the fistula needs to be wide enough to accommodate the flare when the plug is initially put in.
  • A single flared plug has one flared end, usually worn on the front of the piercing, and one end with no flare. The no flare end is held in place by an o-ring and may or may not be grooved. These plugs give the aesthetic of double-flared plugs without requiring that the wearer's fistulas be large enough to accommodate flares.
  • A straight plug (or no-flare plug) is a typical-looking cylinder, without flares, and is kept in place by sliding o-rings against both ends of the plug. A grooved plug is a variation on the straight plug, with grooves carved in the material to hold the o-rings snug.

Plug (accounting)

A plug, also known as reconciling amount, is an unsupported adjustment to an accounting record or general ledger. Ideally, bookkeeping should account for all numbers during reconciliation, i.e. when comparing two sets of accounting records to make sure they are in agreement. However, discrepancies, i.e. unintentional accounting errors can occur, for example due to data entry, or an adding or a rounding error. An organization may use a plug for an immaterial amount, because it may not be cost effective to search through numerous pages of transactions to find the error. The acceptability of a plug depends upon the amount: a plug must be immaterial in order to be justified.

Wiktionary

plug

n. 1 (context electricity English) A pronged connector device which fits into a mating socket. 2 Any piece of wood, metal, or other substance used to stop or fill a hole; a stopple. 3 (context US English) A flat oblong cake of pressed tobacco. 4 (context US slang English) A high, tapering silk hat. 5 (context US slang English) A worthless horse. 6 (context construction English) 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. 8 (context geology English) A body of once molten rock that hardened in a volcanic vent. Usually round or oval in shape. 9 (context fishing English) A type of lure consisting of a rigid, buoyant or semi-buoyant body and one or more hooks. 10 (context horticulture English) 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. vb. 1 (context transitive English) To stop with a plug; to make tight by stopping a hole. 2 (context transitive English) To blatantly mention a particular product or service as if advertising it. 3 (context intransitive informal English) To persist or continue with something. 4 (context transitive English) To shoot a bullet into something with a gun. 5 (context slang transitive English) to have sex with, penetrate sexually.

The Collaborative International Dictionary

Plug

Plug \Plug\, n. [Akin to D. plug, G. pflock, Dan. pl["o]k, 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.

    Hawse plug (Naut.), a plug to stop a hawse hole.

    Plug and feather. (Stone Working) See Feather, n., 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

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

WordNet

plug

  1. n. blockage consisting of an object designed to fill a hole tightly [syn: stopper, stopple]

  2. a wad of something chewable as tobacco [syn: chew, chaw, cud, quid, wad]

  3. blatant or sensational promotion [syn: ballyhoo, hoopla, hype]

  4. electrical device that fits into the cylinder head of an internal-combustion engine and ignites the gas by means of an electric spark [syn: spark plug, sparking plug]

  5. an electrical device with two or three pins that is inserted in a socket to make an electrical connection [syn: male plug]

  6. an upright hydrant for drawing water to use in fighting a fire [syn: fireplug, fire hydrant]

  7. an old or over-worked horse [syn: hack, jade, nag]

  8. [also: plugging, plugged]

plug

  1. v. fill or close tightly with or as if with a plug; "plug the hole"; "stop up the leak" [syn: stop up, secure]

  2. persist in working hard; "Students must plug away at this problem" [syn: plug away]

  3. deliver a quick blow to; "he punched me in the stomach" [syn: punch]

  4. make a plug for; praise the qualities or in order to sell or promote

  5. [also: plugging, plugged]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

plug

"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.

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).

Usage examples of "plug".

Pacino began to make his way aft to the shielded tunnel, unplugging and re plugging his mask every forty feet until he was in maneuvering.

Sarah sports an asterisk likewise, which means that I have no idea whose bottom is so well plugged in that picture.

Zillner attributed this circumstance to the small size of the wound, atheroma and degeneration of the aorta and slight retraction of the inner coat, together with a possible plugging of the pericardial opening.

Below, Bradden was coolly slicing a cud of chewing tobacco from a plug.

Beany choze to plug him and he let ding at him and the egg hit him a paister rite in the side and broak and spatered him all over with yellow, and he kicked up and ran away before i cood get a nother egg.

He simply plugged his quadtrol directly into his flight bubbler and told it to lead the way.

Yossarian, once he had plugged his headset back into the intercom system, after it had been jerked out when Dobbs wrested the controls away from Huple and hurled them all down suddenly into the deafening, paralyzing, horrifying dive which had plastered Yossarian helplessly to the ceiling of the plane by the top of his head and from which Huple had rescued them just in time by seizing the controls back from Dobbs and leveling the ship out almost as suddenly right back in the middle of the buffeting layer of cacophonous flak from which they had escaped successfully only a moment before.

Taking his time, he installed the Camcorder on its tripod and arranged the photoflood lights which he plugged into an extension cable.

Joe plugged him and the bunch with him used their noodle when they forgot Caulkens and traveled.

Her latest run had been that day, while Cec had screamed and weltered with his cruel hands in her mouth, and Milady had lain silent, white-faced and stoical, waiting for the plugging in of her new teeth.

There was a moment of disorientation as she interpreted the picture being fed along the optical fibre plugged into her coccyx ganglion splice.

He takes a comp deck out of an inner pocket and plugs it into the table.

There was no one at the board and only a single plug was socketed, indicating the call that Durand had just made.

I plugged the data into a modified Wolling model and foresee bad news for the euphotic and benthic phytoplankton the whole Antarctic food chain depends on.

It is, perhaps, a truth of expatriate children that rather than grow up with two civilizations, they grow up with less than one, unable somehow to plug in the civilization at home with the big one around.