Definition of plug and play in English:

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plug and play

Pronunciation: /ˌpləɡ ən ˈplā/


Denoting or relating to software or devices that are intended to work perfectly when first used or connected, without reconfiguration or adjustment by the user: a plug and play device plug and play connectivity
More example sentences
  • The low-profile design is light and comfortable, and the mouse itself is plug and play with either Windows or Mac systems.
  • You'll experience clear, digital sound with the simplicity of a single USB plug-and-play connection.
  • Cables and a remote control are included, and the plug-and-play connectivity makes installation a breeze.


(usually Plug and Play)
A standard for the connection of peripherals to personal computers, whereby a device only needs to be connected to a computer in order to be configured to work perfectly, without any action by the user.
Example sentences
  • NAS appliances install directly into the corporate LAN, often with the ease and simplicity of Plug and Play.
  • Once we upgraded, we found that the serial smartcard readers do not work with Plug and Play.
  • Plug and Play has almost always been available under Linux through user-space configuration utilities and by using external modules for drivers.

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