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  • noun computing A technique in which new hardware may be added to an existing computer and be automatically detected and configured.
  • adjective that uses this technique


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  • "The ability of a computer system to automatically configure expansion boards and other devices. You should be able to plug in a device and play with it, without worrying about setting DIP switches, jumpers, and other configuration elements." --Webopedia

    February 27, 2009

  • The Wikipedia link also suffices.

    March 5, 2009