Meaning of PLUG in English


I. ˈpləg noun

Etymology: Dutch, from Middle Dutch plugge; akin to Middle High German pfloc plug

Date: 1606


a. : a piece used to fill a hole : stopper

b. : an obtruding or obstructing mass of material resembling a stopper

2. : a flat compressed cake of tobacco

3. : a small core or segment removed from a larger object

4. : something inferior ; especially : an inferior often aged or unsound horse


a. : hydrant , fireplug

b. : spark plug

6. : an artificial fishing lure used primarily for casting and made with one or more sets of gang hooks

7. : any of various devices resembling or functioning like a plug: as

a. : a male fitting for making an electrical connection to a live circuit by insertion in a receptacle (as an outlet)

b. : a device for connecting electric wires to a jack

8. : a piece of favorable publicity or a favorable mention usually incorporated in general matter

II. verb

( plugged ; plug·ging )

Date: 1630

transitive verb


a. : to stop, make tight, or secure by inserting a plug

b. : to remedy (a deficiency) as if by inserting a plug

trying to plug the gaps in their understanding

2. : to hit with a bullet : shoot

3. : to advertise or publicize insistently

intransitive verb

1. : to become plugged — usually used with up

2. : to work doggedly and persistently

plugged away at her homework

3. : to fire shots

• plug·ger noun

- plug into

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.