Plug and Play

Plug and Play

noun
(sometimes lowercase) a standard for the production of compatible computers, peripherals, and software that facilitates device installation and enables automatic configuration of the system.

Origin:
1990–95

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plug and play or plug'n'play
 
n
1.  computing a feature of hardware that enables computers to automatically detect and configure hardware devices without the need for intervention
 
adj
2.  capable of detecting the addition of a new input or output device and automatically activating the appropriate control software
 
plug'n'play or plug'n'play
 
n
 
adj

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plug and play definition

jargon
1. Hardware or software that, after being installed ("plugged in"), can immediately be used ("played with"), as opposed to hardware or software which requires configuration.
See also turnkey, plug and pray.
2. A new recruit who needs no training. "The new guy, John, is great. He's totally plug-and-play."
(1997-03-30)

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