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[pluhg-in] /ˈplʌgˌɪn/

capable of or designed for being connected to an electrical power source by in or inserting:
a plug-in hair dryer; a plug-in transistor.
(def 3).
1 (def 3).
a plug-in appliance.

1922, from plug (v.) + in (adv.).
An accessory software or hardware package that is used in conjunction with an existing application or device to extend its capabilities or provide additional functions.
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).
Compare applet.
Plug-in Plaza (http://browserwatch.com/plug-in.html).
PC Mag Plug-ins (http://zdnet.com/pcmag/IU/plugins/plugins.htm).


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