floppy disk


Definition of 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 Floppy Disks Avast founders Eduard Kucera and Pavel Baudis created their first anti-virus program in 1980s communist Czechoslovakia, when malware was mostly spread by floppy disks. Krystof Chamonikolas, Bloomberg.com, "Remote Work Lifts Avast From Floppy Disks to London Blue Chip," 8 June 2020 Design documents, floppy disks, and other proof of their output went up in flames in Monterey, California. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "The sprawling, must-read history of Maxis’ former “serious games” division," 19 May 2020 Not all that long ago, a complex game or software program fit on a 1.4 megabyte floppy disk. Klint Finley, Wired, "The JavaScript Framework That Puts Web Pages on a Diet," 4 Apr. 2020 The best Oscars looks of the '90s Embrace your inner '90s kid by checking out the best Oscars looks from the era of floppy disks. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, "Oscars 2020: More than 800 photos to prepare you for the 92nd Academy Awards," 8 Feb. 2020 Most of us aren't using floppy disks anymore (hopefully), so zip files are more about maintaining the RAM space on our laptops or computers, downloading files from the internet more quickly, or locking down compressed files for security purposes. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "How to Zip or Unzip a File (And Why That's Even a Thing)," 18 Jan. 2020 With the 1998 release of the iMac, Apple did away with the floppy disk drive, leaving only a rewritable CD drive. Clare Duffy, CNN, "Why Apple killed the floppy disk and headphone jack before you were ready to give them up," 23 Dec. 2019 Originally, the software was built to shrink files into 50 to 70 percent of their original size so that more files could fit on physical floppy disks. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "How to Zip or Unzip a File (And Why That's Even a Thing)," 18 Jan. 2020 In 2009, Barack Obama was inaugurated for his first term and Sony was still selling floppy disks. Bailey Pennick, Fortune, "How Vevo’s Artistic and Scientific Approach to Music Videos Is Paying Off After 10 Years," 20 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of floppy disk

1972, in the meaning defined above

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15 Jun 2020

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“Floppy disk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/floppy%20disk. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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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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