Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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.
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, 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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\, n. [Akin to D. plug, G. pflock, Dan. pl["o]k, plug, Sw. plugg; cf. W. ploc.]
Any piece of wood, metal, or other substance used to stop or fill a hole; a stopple.
A flat oblong cake of pressed tobacco. [U. S.]
A high, tapering silk hat. [Slang, U.S.]
A worthless horse. [Slang, U.S.]
(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\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Plugged; p. pr. & vb. n. Plugging.] To stop with a plug; to make tight by stopping a hole.
an electrical device with two or three pins that is inserted in a socket to make an electrical connection [syn: male plug]
persist in working hard; "Students must plug away at this problem" [syn: plug away]
deliver a quick blow to; "he punched me in the stomach" [syn: punch]
make a plug for; praise the qualities or in order to sell or promote
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
"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.
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.