flash drive

noun

Definition of flash drive

: a data storage device that uses flash memory specifically : a small rectangular device that is designed to be plugged directly into a USB port on a computer and is often used for transferring files from one computer to another

called also thumb drive

Examples of flash drive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The friend stepped inside, mentioned something about vacation photos, and shoved a U.S.B. flash drive into Whelan’s hands. Joshua Yaffa, The New Yorker, "The American Prisoner in Russia Trapped Between Putin and Trump," 4 Sep. 2020 Standard or available technology includes a new head-up display, LED adaptive front lighting, Performance Pages app that logs vital information that can be downloaded to a USB flash drive, trailer reverse steer control and a review camera mirror. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Car shoppers set sights on bargain 2020s, tantalizing 2021s," 3 Sep. 2020 Save this owner’s manual file on a flash drive and toss it in the glove compartment to partner with the little book. Motormouth Bob Weber, Star Tribune, "Motor Mouth: Owner's manuals are going digital," 28 Aug. 2020 Lightning flash drive for iPhone and iPad for $35.99 at Amazon (normally $45). Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "A bunch of microSD cards and other storage devices are on sale today," 30 June 2020 The choices include Android, iOS, Mac, Windows, Bluetooth (for music only), EZCast, a USB flash drive, or via HDMI cable or USB-C cable. Allie Morris, Dallas News, "Want to take vertical video? Acer projector can handle it," 2 July 2020 Transferring data has never been simpler thanks to a built in flash drive port. Popular Science, "The best SSDs for portable digital storage," 12 June 2020 The center has barred the use of flash drives and disabled USB ports. New York Times, "Vast Dragnet Targets Theft of Biomedical Secrets for China," 4 Nov. 2019 Students could pick up a Chromebook or flash drive at drive-thrus at specific schools until Friday. Fox News, "Coronavirus leads rural school districts to develop new methods to keep curriculum learning going," 20 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of flash drive

1992, in the meaning defined above

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17 Sep 2020

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“Flash drive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flash%20drive. Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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