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earplug

[eer-pluhg] /ˈɪərˌplʌg/
noun
1.
a plug of soft, pliable material inserted into the opening of the outer ear, especially to keep out water or noise.
Origin
1900-1905
1900-05; ear1 + plug
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Examples from the web for earplugs
  • This ear material was later developed into commercial memory foam earplugs.
  • Sometimes earplugs are connected with a cord to keep them together when not in use.
  • Other common material bases for earplugs are viscous wax or silicone.
  • Some musicians earplugs are custommade for the individual listener.
  • Nonelastic earplugs are less likely to cause this irritation compared with foam ones.
British Dictionary definitions for earplugs

earplug

/ˈɪəˌplʌɡ/
noun
1.
a small piece of soft material, such as wax, placed in the ear to keep out noise or water
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Encyclopedia Article for earplugs

earplug

type of ear ornament usually inserted in pierced and distended earlobes and generally worn by traditional peoples. Earplugs were the direct forerunners of today's pierced earrings.

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