Meaning of PLUG in English

PLUG

/ plʌg; NAmE / noun , verb

■ noun

ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT

1.

a small plastic object with two or three metal pins, that connects a piece of electrical equipment to the main supply of electricity :

a three-pin plug

I'll have to change the plug on my hairdryer.

2.

( informal , especially BrE ) a small opening in a wall, by which you connect a piece of electrical equipment to the main supply of electricity

SYN socket :

Can I use this plug for my iron?

3.

a small object that connects a wire from one piece of electrical equipment to an opening in another :

the plug from the computer to the printer

IN ENGINE

4.

= spark plug

IN BATH / SINK

5.

a thick round piece of plastic or rubber that you put in the hole in a bath/ bathtub or a sink to stop the water flowing out :

She pulled out the plug and let the water drain away.

➡ note at lid

IN HOLE

6.

a round piece of material that fits into a hole and blocks it :

She took the plug of cotton wool from her ear.

—see also earplug

7.

( NAmE ) = stopper ➡ note at lid

FOR SCREW

8.

a small plastic tube that you put into a hole in a wall so that it will hold a screw

FOR BOOK / MOVIE

9.

( informal ) praise or attention that sb gives to a new book, film / movie, etc. in order to encourage people to buy or see it :

He managed to get in a plug for his new book.

IDIOMS

see pull verb

■ verb

( -gg- ) [ vn ]

FILL HOLE

1.

plug sth (up) to fill a hole with a substance or piece of material that fits tightly into it :

He plugged the hole in the pipe with an old rag.

PROVIDE STH MISSING

2.

to provide sth that has been missing from a particular situation and is needed in order to improve it :

A cheaper range of products was introduced to plug the gap at the lower end of the market.

BOOK / MOVIE

3.

to give praise or attention to a new book, film / movie, etc. in order to encourage people to buy it or see it

SYN promote :

She came on the show to plug her latest album.

SHOOT

4.

( old-fashioned , NAmE , informal ) to shoot sb

PHRASAL VERBS

- plug away (at sth)

- plug sth in | plug sth into sth

- plug sth into sth

- plug into sth

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WORD ORIGIN

early 17th cent.: from Middle Dutch and Middle Low German plugge , of unknown ultimate origin.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.