1620–30; < Dutch; cognate with German Pflock (Source: dictionary.com)
Early 17th century from Middle Dutch and Middle Low German plugge, of unknown ultimate origin. (Source: lexico.com)
Definitions of Plugging
a piece of wood or other material used to stop up a hole or aperture, to fill a gap, or to act as a wedge.
a core or interior segment taken from a larger matrix.
Electricity. a device to which may be attached the conductors of a cord and which by insertion in a jack, or screwing into a receptacle, establishes contact.
spark plug(def 1).
a fireplug or hydrant.
a cake of pressed tobacco.
a piece of tobacco cut off for chewing.
Informal. the favorable mention of something, as in a lecture, radio show, etc.; advertisement; recommendation: The actress was happy to give her new show a plug.
Angling. an artificial lure made of wood, plastic, or metal, and fitted with one or more gang hooks, used chiefly in casting.
Geology. neck(def 14).
Slang. a worn-out or inferior horse.
Informal. a shopworn or unsalable article.
a small piece of sod used especially for seeding a lawn.
a patch of scalp with viable hair follicles that is used as a graft for a bald part of the head.Compare hair transplant.
Slang. punch1(def 1).
Metalworking. a mandrel on which tubes are formed. a punch on which a cup is drawn. a protrusion on a forging die for forming a recess in the work. a false bottom on a die.
Also called dook. a small piece of wood inserted into masonry as a hold for a nail.
Masonry. See under plug and feathers.
Also called plug hat. a man's tall silk hat.
a piece of wood, cork, or other material, often cylindrical in shape, used to stop up holes and gaps or as a wedge for taking a screw or nail
such a stopper used esp to close the waste pipe of a bath, basin, or sink while it is in use and removed to let the water drain away
a device having one or more pins to which an electric cable is attached: used to make an electrical connection when inserted into a socket
Also called: volcanic plug a mass of solidified magma filling the neck of an extinct volcano
See sparking plug
a cake of pressed or twisted tobacco, esp for chewing a small piece of such a cake
angling a weighted artificial lure with one or more sets of hooks attached, used in spinning
a seedling with its roots encased in potting compost, grown in a tray with compartments for each individual plant
informal a recommendation or other favourable mention of a product, show, etc, as on television, on radio, or in newspapers
slang a shot, blow, or punch (esp in the phrase take a plug at)
informal the mechanism that releases water to flush a lavatory (esp in the phrase pull the plug)
mainly US an old horse
pull the plug on informal to put a stop to
verb (used with object)
to stop or fill with or as if with a plug (often followed by
to insert or drive a plug into.
to secure with or as if with a plug.
to insert (something) as a plug.
to remove a core or a small plug-shaped piece from.
to remove the center of (a coin) and replace it with a baser metal:
Informal. to mention (something) favorably, as in a lecture, radio show, etc.: He says he will appear if he can plug his new TV series.
Slang. to punch with the fist.
Slang. to shoot or strike with a bullet.
verb (used without object)
to work with stubborn persistence (often followed by
Informal. to publicize insistently: Whenever he gets the chance, he's plugging for his company.
Slang. to shoot or fire shots.
plug in, to connect to an electrical power source: Plug the TV set in over there.Informal. to add or include; incorporate: They still have to plug in more research data.
plug into, to connect or become connected by or as if by means of a plug: The device will plug into any convenient wall outlet. The proposed new departments would eventually plug into the overall organizational plan.Informal. to feel an affinity for; like; understand: Some kids just don't plug into sports in school.
plug up, to become plugged: The drain in the sink plugs up every so often.
(tr) to stop up or secure (a hole, gap, etc) with or as if with a plug
(tr) to insert or use (something) as a plugto plug a finger into one's ear
(tr) informal to make favourable and often-repeated mentions of (a song, product, show, etc), esp on television, on radio, or in newspapers
(tr) slang to shoot with a gunhe plugged six rabbits
(tr) slang to punch or strike
(intr; foll by along, away, etc) informal to work steadily or persistently
A dense mass of material filling a hole or closing an orifice.
To fill tightly with a plug.
A piece of solid material fitting tightly into a hole and blocking it up.
A device for making an electrical connection between an appliance and the mains, consisting of an insulated casing with metal pins that fit into holes in a socket.
A piece of publicity promoting a product, event, or establishment.
A piece of tobacco cut from a larger cake for chewing.
A lure with one or more hooks attached.
Block or fill in (a hole or cavity)
Mention (a product, event, or establishment) publicly in order to promote it.
Shoot or hit (someone or something)
Proceed steadily and laboriously with a journey or task.
: a piece used to fill a hole : stopper
: an obtruding or obstructing mass of material resembling a stopper
: a flat compressed cake of tobacco
: a small core or segment removed from a larger object
: something inferior
: hydrant, fireplug
: spark plug
: an artificial fishing lure used primarily for casting and made with one or more sets of gang hooks
: any of various devices resembling or functioning like a plug: such as
: a male fitting for making an electrical connection to a live circuit by insertion in a receptacle (such as an outlet)
: a device for connecting electric wires to a jack
: a piece of favorable publicity or a favorable mention usually incorporated in general matter
: to stop, make tight, or secure by inserting a plug
: to remedy (a deficiency) as if by inserting a plug trying to plug the gaps in their understanding
: to hit with a bullet : shoot
: to advertise or publicize insistently
: to become plugged —usually used with up
: to work doggedly and persistently plugged away at her homework
: to fire shots
: to connect or become connected to by or as if by means of a plug the city was plugged into the new highway system
: to load into as if by means of a plug plugged the data into a computer
Example sentences for Plugging
Hundreds of millions of people were accustomed to toting these objects around, plugging them in to recharge them, and using them.
When the revolution comes, Suze Orman will likely be plugging away on CNBC, giving the same old financial advice.
We think the secret to economic growth is [to] lower tax rates for families and successful small business by plugging loopholes.
But down below, millions of Londoners from the queen on down are gritting their teeth and plugging their ears.
Tony Hayward and his BP henchmen are incompetent—not just at plugging holes, but also at cutting deals, says Donald Trump.
"Let's try it," the repairman said, plugging the cord into a wall socket.
And here is a still greater absurdity: the plugging once begun is very carefully finished with fresh relays of mortar!
Then came Scarlett with a couple of balls of tow for plugging seams, which he thrust with gusto into their mouths.
Let us not count our chickens just yet, but keep on plugging.
Now and then I'd come across a little pop-gun pistol, just about right for plugging teeth with, which I'd throw out the window.