Meaning of PLUG in English

PLUG

n. & v.

--n.

1. a piece of solid material fitting tightly into a hole, used to fill a gap or cavity or act as a wedge or stopper.

2 a a device of metal pins in an insulated casing fitting into holes in a socket for making an electrical connection, esp. between an appliance and the mains. b colloq. an electric socket.

3 sparking-plug (see SPARK(1)).

4 colloq. a piece of (often free) publicity for an idea, product, etc.

5 a mass of solidified lava filling the neck of a volcano.

6 a cake or stick of tobacco; a piece of this for chewing.

7 fire-plug.

--v. (plugged, plugging)

1. tr. (often foll. by up) stop (a hole etc.) with a plug.

2 tr. sl. shoot or hit (a person etc.).

3 tr. colloq. seek to popularize (an idea, product, etc.) by constant recommendation.

4 intr. colloq. (often foll. by at) work steadily away (at).

Phrases and idioms:

plug in connect electrically by inserting a plug in a socket. plug-in adj. able to be connected by means of a plug. plug-ugly US sl. n. (pl. -ies) a thug or ruffian.

--adj. villainous-looking.

Derivatives:

plugger n.

Etymology: MDu. & MLG plugge, of unkn. orig.

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.