thumb drive


Definition of thumb drive

: a small usually rectangular device used for storing and transferring computer data : flash drive

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Authorities say during a search of Johnson’s home, images and videos of child pornography were found on his computer and on a thumb drive hidden in his bedroom., "EMK Institute receives Gates grant for youths," 13 Sep. 2019 Send in an email to by Oct. 24, or submit with your cookies on a thumb drive. Nancy Stohs, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Journal Sentinel Holiday Cookie Contest announces sweet new categories for 2019," 4 Sep. 2019 Police also found about 26 videos of child pornography on another thumb drive, Spivey said in the probable cause affidavit. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, Indianapolis Star, "No prison time for IUPUI volleyball coach found with 146 images and videos of child pornography," 18 June 2019 Zhang was arrested at the resort carrying a computer, a hard drive, four cellphones and a thumb drive containing malware, although agents later recanted that accusation. NBC News, "Chinese businesswoman found guilty of lying to gain access to Trump's Mar-a-Lago," 11 Sep. 2019 The original PirateBox consisted of a wireless router, a network adapter, and a thumb drive all packed into a lunchbox emblazoned with a skull and crossbones. Wired, "This DIY Implant Lets You Stream Movies From Inside Your Leg," 30 Aug. 2019 This is a device about the size of a thumb drive made of clear silicone rubber with two tiny hollow parallel channels cut into it that are separated by an even thinner porous membrane. Wendy Moonan, Smithsonian, "How Biology Inspires Future Technology," 27 Aug. 2019 McWhinney additionally recommends supplementing your camping gear with a week's worth of necessary medications, a few tools (such as a crowbar), cash, a local map and maybe a thumb drive holding scans of important documents. Mary Forgione,, "Packing an emergency kit? Think about using your camping gear," 12 July 2019 The 19-year-old’s car also contained an open bottle of Jack Daniels, a thumb drive and two hard drives, a Sig Sauer BB gun, CO2 cartridges, ear plugs and a power drill. Erin Woo, The Mercury News, "Clown mask, AR-15 found among Gilroy Garlic Festival shooter’s belongings," 8 Aug. 2019

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2002, in the meaning defined above

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