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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In recent years, health authorities have warned of an epidemic of vaping by underage teenagers, particularly the leading brand Juul, known for its high nicotine content and easy-to-conceal device, which resembles a flash drive. BostonGlobe.com, "GE, unions, reach agreement on new contract," 15 Aug. 2019 Health authorities have warned of an epidemic of vaping by teenagers, who particularly favor products from industry leader Juul, known for its high nicotine content and easy-to-conceal device, which resembles a flash drive. SFChronicle.com, "Vaping study lawsuit; Oculus exec leaves; WeWork IPO," 14 Aug. 2019 This slim, compact flash drive has 128 gigabytes of storage. Wired Staff, WIRED, "19 Great Weekend Deals on Camping Gear, Games, and Tech," 3 Aug. 2019 More: Accused spy Paul Whelan says he's being threatened, denied showers in Russian prison The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) alleges Whelan was caught in possession of a flash drive containing classified information at his hotel in Moscow. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "Accused spy Paul Whelan makes plea from Russia, asks Trump to intervene," 20 June 2019 Save up to 50% off on PC components and accessories like NETGEAR Wi-Fi routers, SanDisk flash drives, Toshiba hard drives, and TP-Link routers. Paige Szmodis, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Amazon Prime Day Sales," 15 July 2019 Original paper documents can be scanned and downloaded to an external hard drive, flash drive, CD or DVD. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Trump tax reform: Don't expect big tax break on losses from flooding, storms," 5 June 2019 Precisely why a bright flash drives copepods away is unclear. The Economist, "The bioluminescence people find so attractive is a defence mechanism," 21 June 2019 The iPad is getting more computer-like, as Apple is finally dropping its long-time reluctance to allow inserting the reading of USB flash drives to move files. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "Apple WWDC 2019: What's coming this fall to iOS 13, Watch OS and iPad," 3 June 2019

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First Known Use of flash drive

1992, in the meaning defined above

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