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

Examples of flash drive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The girl's mother gave police a flash drive allegedly containing material, court documents say. NBC News, 30 June 2021 The girl's mother gave police a flash drive, according to court documents seen by NBC News. NBC News, 13 July 2021 Inside the bag is an informant, who swiftly offers up a flash drive full of intel. Jen Yamato, Los Angeles Times, 25 June 2021 An officer went to the establishment May 22 and picked up a flash drive with the surveillance footage. cleveland, 28 May 2021 The easy-to-charge portable device can be mistaken for a flash drive and delivers an atomized nicotine salt, for which Juul holds a patent. Alex Norcia, The New Republic, 25 May 2021 Anyone who can copy and paste files can easily move photos from a computer to a conventional flash drive. Steve Alexander, Star Tribune, 22 Nov. 2020 Your best bet is to copy the CDs to your smartphone or flash drive. Motormouth Bob Weber, Star Tribune, 19 Mar. 2021 Your best bet is to copy the CDs to your smart phone or flash drive or have a service copy them for you. Bob Weber, chicagotribune.com, 12 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of flash drive

1992, in the meaning defined above

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25 Aug 2021

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“Flash drive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flash%20drive. Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

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