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[eer-pluhg] /ˈɪərˌplʌg/
a plug of soft, pliable material inserted into the opening of the outer ear, especially to keep out water or noise.
1900-05; ear1 + plug Unabridged
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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


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


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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