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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Here and there, obsolete technologies peeked through the clutter: a dusty vintage computer scattered with floppy disks, VHS tapes on a rolling TV cart, a slide projector. Quanta Magazine, "A ‘Self-Aware’ Fish Raises Doubts About a Cognitive Test," 12 Dec. 2018 The last of the 9,000 Blockbuster Video stores that once roamed the Earth sits at 211 NE Revere Ave. in Bend, Ore., a strip-mall storefront trapped in amber right down to dot-matrix printers and computers booted up with floppy disks. John D. Stoll, WSJ, "Technology Drives Deals Because No One Wants to Be the Next Blockbuster (Video)," 29 May 2019 Previously, the Square employee managed to fit an entire bootable floppy disk containing a video game into a 140-character tweet. Shoshana Wodinsky, The Verge, "This tweet contains an entirely playable, retro-style arcade game," 3 Aug. 2018 Up until recently, the federal government was spending $60 billion a year to maintain outdated tech and computers that still ran on floppy disks—granted, some of that equipment operated our nukes.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

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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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