August 28, 2014 - Word of the Day: plug
A plug is something that is inserted into an electrical outlet and delivers electricity to a machine.
You can also use this word when inserting something that is not electrical. This man, for example, is plugging his fingers into his ears:
Why is he doing that?
These sentences show how to use "plug" as a verb:
- Denise plugged in her TV and turned it on.
- You need to plug this air conditioner into a special outlet.
- Bill unplugged his laptop before leaving the coffee shop. (unplug = take the plug out)
- Plug up the sink before you put water into it.
- If you plug these numbers into the formula, you should get an answer to your question.
- The toilet is all plugged up. Get a plunger.
- Today's guest on The Tonight Show is going to plug his latest movie. (plug = promote for commercial gain)
These sentences show how to use "plug" as a noun:
- Take the plug out of the wall before you do any work on an electrical appliance.
- Most plugs nowadays have three prongs instead of two.
- Henrietta is on life support, but her family wants the doctors to pull the plug because she will probably live the rest of her life in a coma. ("Pull the plug" is an expression that can be used when deciding on matters of life and death in a hospital.)
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