Definition of plug and play in English:

plug and play


  • 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’
    • ‘This plug-and-play webcam has dual microphones for stereo voice communications, supports H.264 video compression and can capture 1080p Full HD/720p HD video at 30fps.’
    • ‘Cables and a remote control are included, and the plug-and-play connectivity makes installation a breeze.’
    • ‘The GSW-5150 is a plug-and-play device so no configuration is required.’
    • ‘The low-profile design is light and comfortable, and the mouse itself is plug and play with either Windows or Mac systems.’
    • ‘The device is sold as a plug-and-play kit and is expected to be available later this month with a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $199.95.’
    • ‘You'll experience clear, digital sound with the simplicity of a single USB plug-and-play connection.’


  • 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.

    • ‘If you have an older router that doesn't support universal Plug and Play you may have to manually select a port to stream over the Internet.’
    • ‘Once we upgraded, we found that the serial smartcard readers do not work with Plug and Play.’
    • ‘NAS appliances install directly into the corporate LAN, often with the ease and simplicity of Plug and Play.’
    • ‘The box Intel displayed was equipped with Universal 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.’
    • ‘With Plug and Play, users assure themselves of capabilities commensurate with the technological time frame during which the system will operate.’


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