jack into (something)

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jack into (something)

1. To be able to plug into an electrical device in order to form a connection. The new design means traditional headphones no longer jack into the phone itself. You'll need an expensive adapter if you want to do that. Up to four USB devices can jack into the computer simultaneously.
2. To insert an electronic device or component into something else. A noun or pronoun can be used between "jack" and "into." I jacked a Bluetooth transmitter into the stereo so I could listen to it on my wireless headphones. I thought I'd be able to jack my mouse and keyboard into the new video game console, but apparently that doesn't work.
3. To interface directly with a computer system using one's central nervous system. Usually used in science fiction. We'll have to jack into mainframe to get past the security system from the inside. The café operates as a front for an illegal tech den where trans-humans jack into a virtual world where anything is possible.
4. To connect one's brain to a computer system, or vice versa. A noun or pronoun can be used between "jack" and "into." We should be able to jack the new augmentation directly into your brain. Sarah will be able to jack you into the company database if you are able to find a computer with Level 5 Authorization.
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