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 In 1989, twenty thousand public-health researchers around the world received a floppy disk purporting to contain an informational program about AIDS. Rachel Monroe, The New Yorker, 31 May 2021 That’s still true, but nearly a year into a global pandemic, this question is about as obsolete as a floppy disk. Serena Kerrigan, refinery29.com, 21 Dec. 2020 Bloom’s boxes—rebranded as Bloom Energy Servers around 2011—look like large refrigerators and contain stacks of fuel cells, each the size of a floppy disk. Rebecca Davis O’brien And Katherine Blunt, WSJ, 8 Dec. 2020 The cypherpunks, a loose group of engineers and activists who saw encryption as fundamental to a free society, responded by distributing encryption software online and via floppy disk. Anna Wiener, The New Yorker, 19 Oct. 2020 Then an uncle gave us a Macintosh 128k, a small boxy Apple personal computer with a floppy disk drive on the front. Robin Kaiser-schatzlein, The New Republic, 3 Aug. 2020 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, 8 June 2020 Design documents, floppy disks, and other proof of their output went up in flames in Monterey, California. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 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, 4 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of floppy disk

1972, in the meaning defined above

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“Floppy disk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/floppy%20disk. Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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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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