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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Foodie flash drives Never misplace a mini data drive again. Fox News, "11 wacky non-edible gifts for foodies," 22 Dec. 2015 Experts attribute the jump to newer versions of e-cigarettes, like those by Juul Labs Inc. that resemble computer flash drives and can be used discreetly. Mike Stobbe, The Seattle Times, "Most teen drug use is down, but officials fret vaping boom," 17 Dec. 2018 According to some accounts, the entire voter registration roll could be purchased illegally on a flash drive for about $7,000 in the streets of Mexico City. Gustavo A. Flores-macías, Washington Post, "Should the U.S. worry about meddling in Mexico’s July presidential race?," 29 May 2018 What the company claims to not have expected, however, is that teens across the country would get addicted to nicotine by using the flash drive-looking vapes. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Here’s Everything You Need To Know About the Juul Flavor Ban," 15 Nov. 2018 This year’s sales growth has been driven largely by the Juul, a slim device that resembles a flash drive and has become a status symbol among teens, who often vape sweet-flavored liquids like mango. Jennifer Maloney, WSJ, "Youth Vaping Has Soared in 2018, New Data Show," 21 Sep. 2018 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

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First Known Use of flash drive

1992, in the meaning defined above

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