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English noun: plug

1. plug (artifact) blockage consisting of an object designed to fill a hole tightly

Synonymsstopper, stopple

Broader (hypernym)block, blockage, closure, occlusion, stop, stoppage

Narrower (hyponym)bottle cork, bung, cork, drainplug, earplug, fipple, spigot, spile, tampion, tampon, tap, tompion

2. plug (food) a wad of something chewable as tobacco

Synonymschaw, chew, cud, quid, wad

Broader (hypernym)bit, bite, morsel

3. plug (communication) blatant or sensational promotion

Synonymsballyhoo, hoopla, hype

Broader (hypernym)packaging, promotion, promotional material, publicity

4. plug (artifact) electrical device that fits into the cylinder head of an internal-combustion engine and ignites the gas by means of an electric spark

Synonymsspark plug, sparking plug

Broader (hypernym)electrical device

Part meronymignition, ignition system

5. plug (artifact) an electrical device with two or three pins that is inserted in a socket to make an electrical connection

Synonymsmale plug

Broader (hypernym)electrical device

Narrower (hyponym)phone plug, telephone plug

6. plug (artifact) an upright hydrant for drawing water to use in fighting a fire

Synonymsfire hydrant, fireplug

Broader (hypernym)hydrant

7. plug (animal) an old or over-worked horse

Synonymshack, jade, nag

Broader (hypernym)Equus caballus, horse

English verb: plug

1. plug (contact) fill or close tightly with or as if with a plug

SamplesPlug the hole.
Stop up the leak.

Synonymssecure, stop up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)close, fill up

Narrower (hyponym)chink, cork, cork up, stopper, stopple, tampon

Entailenter, infix, insert, introduce

2. plug (change) persist in working hard

SamplesStudents must plug away at this problem.

Synonymsplug away

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)hang in, hang on, hold on, persevere, persist

3. plug (contact) deliver a quick blow to

SamplesHe punched me in the stomach.

ExamplesSam and Sue plug the movie


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)hit

4. plug (communication) make a plug for; praise the qualities or in order to sell or promote

ExamplesSam and Sue plug the movie

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)advertise, advertize, promote, push

5. plug (change) insert a plug into

SamplesPlug the wall.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)enclose, inclose, insert, introduce, put in, stick in

Verb groupplug

6. plug (change) insert as a plug

SamplesShe plugged a cork in the wine bottle.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)enclose, inclose, insert, introduce, put in, stick in

Verb groupplug

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