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Meaning of PLUG IN

WordNet Dictionary
[v]  plug into an outlet, as of electrical appliances; "Please plug in the toaster!"; "Connect the TV so we can watch the football game tonight"
 Synonyms: connect
 Antonyms: disconnect, unplug
 See Also: bring together, enter, infix, insert, introduce, join



Computing Dictionary

A file containing data used to alter, enhance, or extend the operation of a parent application program. One of the first uses of this term was in silicon beach's superpaint application (late 1980s?) for the macintosh. It had a Plug-ins folder containing different tools and effects.

The netscape navigator world-wide web browser supports plug-ins which display or interpret a particular file format or protocol such as shockwave, realaudio, adobe systems, inc. pdf, corel cmx (vector graphics). The file to be displayed is included in a web page using an EMBED html tag.

Plug-ins, both commercially and indepently authored, can usually be downloaded for free and are stored locally. Plug-ins come in different versions specific to particular operating systems (microsoft windows 3.1, 3.2, and macintosh are available).

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