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

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That would move the Mac mini further away from one of its original purposes—cheap consumer home theater PC—likely because that product category has been replaced by devices like the Apple TV or various Roku dongles and boxes, among other things. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "A new Mac mini and a Retina MacBook Air are imminent, report says," 21 Aug. 2018 The sleeve also includes a medium-sized zippered pocket to hold all your cables, dongles, and accessories. Thomas Ricker, The Verge, "‘The world’s most versatile waterproof backpack’ review," 20 Nov. 2018 The MacBook Pro 15 says buy your own dongles, offering four Thunderbolt 3 ports. Melissa Riofrio, PCWorld, "Why did Lenovo stretch the ThinkPad X1 Extreme to 15 inches? To kill the MacBook Pro," 30 Aug. 2018 The drive is compatible with USB 3.0 connections (so MacBook users will need a USB-C dongle), and a pair of of front-facing USB 3.0 ports can also keep your phone and tablets charged while working. Alexandria Haslam, PCWorld, "Back up everything with this awesome deal on the 8TB Seagate Backup Plus Hub," 7 Nov. 2018 If two-key authentication still isn't enough, additional layers of security like the YubiKey hardware dongle have been around for half a decade or so. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Google Chrome's new password manager makes securing Chrome even more important," 5 Sep. 2018 All of this is exactly the same as the older iPad Pro, which supported external displays using a Lighting-to-HDMI dongle. Nilay Patel, The Verge, "Apple iPad Pro review 2018: the fastest iPad is still an iPad," 5 Nov. 2018 All of the newest MacBook Pros exclusively feature Thunderbolt 3 ports, which some will appreciate but all will scowl at when they're forced to buy multiple dongles to connect legacy accessories. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Apple to stop selling 2015 MacBook Pro with old-style keyboard, legacy ports," 12 July 2018 But while Nest and Google were operating awkwardly side by side, Google was establishing itself firmly in the home with Chromecast dongles and Google Home speakers. Lauren Goode, WIRED, "At Google I/O 2018, Expect All AI All the Time," 7 May 2018

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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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