floppy disk


Definition of floppy disk 

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

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Up until recently, the federal government was spending $60 billion a year to maintain outdated tech and computers that still ran on floppy disks—granted, some of that equipment operated our nukes. J. Weston Phippen, Outside Online, "The Terrible State of Our National Parks—in Photos," 5 July 2018 The officers took a computer tower, desktop, flash drives, SD cards, tablets, multiple CDs, floppy disks, cellphones, a camcorder and a hard drive, court records show. Becky Jacobs, Post-Tribune, "Hobart man accused of child porn offenses; gets federal court date," 15 June 2018 Fitzpatrick highlights the struggles with physical compatibility that many companies faced, like making sure floppy disk readers were compatible with programs like WordPerfect. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Look at This Huge Computer Archive in All Its Retro Glory," 9 Jan. 2018 The protruding floppy disk is the game’s power button, and there’s also a speaker to its right that barks out eight-bit audio just fine. Chris Welch, The Verge, "The Oregon Trail handheld game is a really fun nostalgia gadget," 24 Mar. 2018 Snail mail has gone the way of folding maps, modems, floppy disks, video tapes, answering machines, pay phones, typewriters, pagers and books. Newsweek, "Business," 14 Mar. 2018 That plot line hinges on the exchange of some highly inflammatory information stored on floppy disks, and yes, Virginia, there was a time not so many years ago that people, even spies, probably, relied on these disks to store their secrets. Michael Phillips, Detroit Free Press, "Review: ‘Red Sparrow’ never finds its wings," 1 Mar. 2018 While socializing, casually inquire with a server about the status of the city’s floppy disk repair services. Alexandra Misch, Esquire, "The Best Restaurants and Bars to Hit Up in Austin During SXSW," 1 Mar. 2018 Even later works like Brian Eno’s 1996 album Generative Music 1(released on floppy disk) still relied on simple, straightforward algorithmic instructions. Gabriel Nicholas, Slate Magazine, "These Stunning A.I. Tools Are About to Change the Art World," 11 Dec. 2017

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1972, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of floppy disk

: a small, thin, square case with a flexible disk inside on which data for a computer can be stored

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Kids Definition of floppy disk

: a small flexible plastic disk with a magnetic coating on which computer data can be stored

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