don·​gle | \ ˈdäŋ-gəl How to pronounce dongle (audio) , ˈdȯŋ- \

Definition of dongle

: a small device that plugs into a computer and serves as an adapter or as a security measure to enable the use of certain software

Examples of dongle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Google is thought to be working on a new, budget Chromecast dongle that can't stream 4K content, but does include support for the AV1 video coding format. Matthew Humphries, PCMAG, 8 June 2022 The sound suits both music and movies, thanks to the aptX low latency codec, even when connected over Bluetooth rather than using the BT800 dongle. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 20 May 2022 That means Amazon’s most powerful streaming media dongle ever is on sale for less than the cheaper Fire TV Stick. Maren Estrada, BGR, 29 Nov. 2021 This is an older model that only works over a USB dongle (i.e., not Bluetooth), uses simple, laptop-style membrane keys, and isn't as adjustable as other ergonomic keyboards. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, 12 Mar. 2022 Google’s Chromecast dongle turns any TV into a smart one, complete with streaming features and voice control. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, 27 Mar. 2022 Also, as of press time, the Deck doesn't include any way to troubleshoot a dongle's inability to send audio to a TV via HDMI. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 25 Feb. 2022 No Bluetooth support, requires a dongle to use The best overall gaming headset for users on a budget is the Razer Barracuda X Wireless. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 9 Feb. 2022 There are three methods available: USB-C, Bluetooth, or with a 2.4GHz dongle. Brad Moon, Forbes, 31 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of dongle

1981, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dongle

perhaps alteration of dangle

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20 Jun 2022

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“Dongle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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