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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Authorities said investigators found a video of a child on a flash drive. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, 8 Apr. 2022 One other item to consider purchasing is an external multi-terabyte flash drive. Jim Mcgregor, Forbes, 17 Aug. 2022 Politicians and anti-tobacco advocates have accused the company of using flavors such as creme, mint and menthol -- along with a sleek design resembling a USB flash drive -- to market vaping to U.S. children and teenagers. Mary Kekatos, ABC News, 6 July 2022 Customers will have to plug the flash drive into the USB port on the treadmill to apply the software update. Chris Smith, BGR, 16 June 2022 It was smuggled out of Iran in a flash drive hidden inside a cake and shown at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. Leo Barraclough, Variety, 17 Aug. 2022 These ports can be used for adding a keyboard, mouse, flash drive, phone charger or webcam. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 16 Aug. 2022 The company advises buyers to reach out to Nautilus to receive a free USB flash drive with a software upgrade. Chris Smith, BGR, 16 June 2022 The employee gave the officer a flash drive with video footage of the encounter. cleveland, 14 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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Cite this Entry

“Flash drive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flash%20drive. Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

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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