floppy disk


: a thin plastic disk coated with magnetic material on which data for a computer can be stored

Examples of floppy disk in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In a few years, comically oversized foam-board novelty checks will be the last remaining evidence of a 20th-century icon, as the paper check goes the way of the landline phone and the floppy disk. Andrew Van Dam, Washington Post, 15 Sep. 2023 Umar Shakir / The Verge Looking back, Apple’s ever-changing cable choices have had two big effects: the company has often made decisions that led to industry shakeups that pushed both manufacturers and consumers to move away from actually obsolete tech, like floppy disk drives and SCSI. Umar Shakir, The Verge, 12 Sep. 2023 Hard drives got better and more affordable through the 1980s, yet the floppy disk still flourished. Harry McCracken, Discover Magazine, 23 Sep. 2010 In the Lisa and most other operating systems, two indexes access a program on floppy disk, using up precious random-access memory and increasing the delay in fetching programs from a disk. IEEE Spectrum, 2 July 2023 On Sunday, a Chuck E. Cheese employee named Stewart Coonrod posted a TikTok video that documents the process of installing a new song-and-dance show on an old Chuck E. Cheese animatronics system—a process that involves a 3.5-inch floppy disk and two DVDs. Benj Edwards, Ars Technica, 11 Jan. 2023 Another simplification was made in the Macintosh’s file structure, exploiting the small disk space with only one or two floppy disk drives. IEEE Spectrum, 2 July 2023 Enlarge / Stewart Coonrod holds up an official 2023 Chuck E. Cheese floppy disk in a TikTok video. Benj Edwards, Ars Technica, 11 Jan. 2023 Once designed for the floppy disk, technology has evolved, and clinicians can now use our solution on smartphones, browsers and within electronic health record (EHR) systems. Greg Samios, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1972, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of floppy disk was in 1972

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“Floppy disk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/floppy%20disk. Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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