A standard for add-in hardware that requires it to identify itself on demand (also known as hot plugging). Most computer systems are now designed to be plug-and-play, so that you can buy it, bring it home, plug it in, and start playing. This makes it easier for people who consider themselves computer illiterate to use a computer, because they don't need to install devices or configure drivers-it does most of the work for you. There's also something known as "plug-and-print," a behind-the-screens technology that improves the way printers and computers communicate.

Slang usage refers to a new employee who doesn't need training. For example, "The new girl is right on; she's totally plug-and-play."

See also : plug-and-pray  PnP  USB  Windows  hot plugging  
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