flash drive


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

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The devices look like computer flash drives, can be recharged in computer USB ports and have prefilled cartridges containing nicotine. Mike Stobbe, The Seattle Times, "Juul halts store sales of some flavored e-cigarettes," 14 Nov. 2018 Apple says third parties can write apps to talk to external storage, but out of the box, this $1,899 tablet simply won’t talk to a flash drive. Nilay Patel, The Verge, "Apple iPad Pro review 2018: the fastest iPad is still an iPad," 5 Nov. 2018 When Popular Mechanics attempted to get a flash drive sent to New York, a message popped up saying that such purchases were not allowed in the state. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Defense Distributed Is Selling 3D Printed Gun Files—Through the Mail," 28 Aug. 2018 The pair are more inept than adept, fumbling a stick shift and uncomfortably disposing of a flash drive. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, "Trailer: Mila Kunis, Kate McKinnon bond in 'The Spy Who Dumped Me'," 21 Mar. 2018 The Juul device, which resembles a USB flash drive, delivers a powerful dose of nicotine in a salt solution that smokers say closely mimics the feeling of inhaling cigarettes. Jennifer Maloney, WSJ, "Juul Raises $650 Million in Funding That Values E-Cig Startup at $15 Billion," 10 July 2018 Like the channels and changes that may have spiked genetic exchange between crocodiles in the swamp, flash drives opened up a conduit for US media to mix with Cuban culture more easily than ever before. Shanna Baker, Smithsonian, "The Quest to Preserve the Last of Castro’s Crocodiles," 21 June 2018 Some services offer bonuses like chocolate bars, time with a life coach or a flash drive with audiobook clips. Nora Krug, chicagotribune.com, "Looking for the perfect book? Here are nine subscription boxes that can help," 30 May 2018 Best Buy is offering a PNY Elite Turbo USB Type-A flash drive, with 128GB of storage, for $30. Alexandria Haslam, PCWorld, "Boost your storage with these great deals on giant portable flash drives," 23 Apr. 2018

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1992, in the meaning defined above

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