flash drive

noun

: 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 However, that should be enough to hold any legal documents and digital devices like flash drives or DVDs. Nicole Pyles, Better Homes & Gardens, 30 Mar. 2024 Detectives then seized a flash drive and several SD cards that were allegedly in a book bag that belonged to Foster, the sheriff's office said. Adam Sabes, Fox News, 23 Dec. 2023 Instead of paperwork to sign, Mitch produces a flash drive containing seven recordings of Eleanor recounting the true origins of her life and her journey from a lush island to America. Aramide Tinubu, Variety, 27 Oct. 2023 Watson tore apart his house, digging out every flash drive. Marisa Iati, Washington Post, 2 Mar. 2024 Each bottle also contains enough rice to feed a family of four for a week, as well as a Bible on a flash drive and a U.S. $1 bill. Eric Shawn, Fox News, 24 Dec. 2023 Once both things have been downloaded, use the software to write the OS onto the flash drive. Saira Mueller, WIRED, 3 Dec. 2023 Winston was started on cardiac medications and fitted with a cardiac monitor, about the size of a flash drive, which was implanted just under the skin in his chest. Karen Kucher, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Dec. 2023 Hard disk drives last about five years, while flash drives last for around 10 years. Emily Mullin, WIRED, 4 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1992, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of flash drive was in 1992

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“Flash drive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flash%20drive. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

flash drive

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

called also jump drive, thumb drive

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