thumb drive

noun

Definition of thumb drive

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

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The thumb drives also come with a five-year warranty. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "Portable data for dirt cheap! This 16GB flash drive is just $4 today," 16 Oct. 2018 That thumb drive was found when the FBI lured Lee back to the United States in 2012 with a fake offer for a new job at the CIA. Rachel Weiner, Washington Post, "Chinese spies promised to take care of ex-CIA officer for life, prosecutors say," 18 May 2018 There’s a whole lot more than just these three drives on sale on Amazon today including thumb drives and a ton of external hard drives. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "Amazon's one-day storage sale has great prices on SSDs, thumb drives, and external drives," 26 Sep. 2018 Now, all the data collected since 1960 will fit on a single thumb drive. Jo Craven Mcginty, WSJ, "The FBI’s Crime Data: What Happens When States Don’t Fully Report," 19 Oct. 2018 Records, obtained through the Texas Public Information Act, show that police recovered a laptop, thumb drives and a cell phone from Brzyski's room. CBS News, "Investigation reveals secret life of pedophile priest James Brzyski," 6 Feb. 2018 Agents also found a thumb drive with a document classified as secret on it. Rachel Weiner, Washington Post, "Ex-CIA officer indicted on espionage charges," 8 May 2018 At a small bar in the former heart of West Berlin, the Russian handed the American intermediary a thumb drive with a small cache of data that was intended to provide a sample of what was to come, American officials said. Matthew Rosenberg, New York Times, "U.S. Spies, Seeking to Retrieve Cyberweapons, Paid Russian Peddling Trump Secrets," 9 Feb. 2018 The back judge is responsible for plugging all the thumb drives into a device that records the game in real time so each official can watch it on his flight home that night. Peter King, SI.com, "Game 150: The Test," 6 Dec. 2013

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2002, in the meaning defined above

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