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 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 The computer industry’s migration from hard drives to flash drives has mostly brought good things. Rob Pegoraro, USA TODAY, "Ready to ditch your old flash drive? Don't just erase and recycle," 5 July 2018 The search covered 13 mobile devices and iPads, hard-copy documents and 20 external hard drives, flash drives and laptops, according to the letter. Larry Neumeister, The Seattle Times, "Cohen lawyers say 12,000 items privileged after raids," 25 June 2018 Among those are pocket-sized e-cigarettes that resemble flash drives and can be recharged in computer USB ports, Morita said. John Byrne, chicagotribune.com, "Posting signs outside of Chicago tobacco stores could warn teens of vaping dangers, officials say," 11 Apr. 2018 On the other end of the offerings is the SanDisk Cruzer CZ36 64GB USB 2.0 flash drive, on offer for $10. Alexandria Haslam, PCWorld, "Flash drives, SD cards, and external hard drives are cheap in Amazon's one-day SanDisk sale," 15 May 2018

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1992, in the meaning defined above

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