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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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 But the boxes were empty and the signatures were delivered in a thumb drive. Bob Fernandez, Philly.com, "Consumer Reports' 'What the Fee' campaign targets Comcast for its TV, sports fees," 27 June 2018 The case stems from three incidents in 2012 and 2013 when an employee’s laptop was stolen at a residence and two unencrypted two thumb drives went missing. Jenny Deam, Houston Chronicle, "MD Anderson to pay $4.3 million penalty for data breach," 19 June 2018 Among the evidence found: A 16 gigabyte thumb drive that contained thousands of files. Carli Teproff, miamiherald, "He told police he knew it was wrong. Then they found a 16 GB thumb drive.," 14 June 2018 Police departments in the US are using canines to sniff out thumb drives, phones, and other electronics. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Police departments are training dogs to sniff out thumb drives," 11 June 2018

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2002, in the meaning defined above

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