thumb drive


Definition of thumb drive

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Other experiments include using thumb drive-sized devices containing human cells to study the effects of space on human organs and a study on changes in cardiovascular cells and tissues in microgravity. James Rogers, Fox News, "NASA set for first SpaceX operational Crew Dragon launch: 'All systems are go'," 15 Nov. 2020 Help your loved one stream their favorite Hulu shows with ease this holiday season and gift them the Roku Streaming Stick+, which is about the size of a thumb drive. Nicole Saunders, NBC News, "Walmart gift ideas and gift guide 2020: Best Walmart holiday gifts," 10 Nov. 2020 But a week after she was fired, Fleishauer found a black thumb drive in her purse. USA Today, "A foster father was accused of sex abuse. Then he got a second chance.," 16 Oct. 2020 Authorities uncovered CDs and a thumb drive in his Brooklyn home that contained audio and video lectures and sermons by Anwar al-Awlaki, a deceased Islamic cleric and reputed al-Qaeda leader. Vandana Rambaran, Fox News, "Man arrested in NYPD officer's stabbing showed support for Islamic State," 28 Aug. 2020 The malware could be delivered via a thumb drive or in an email attachment. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "The FBI broke up a Russian hacker plot to extort millions from Tesla," 28 Aug. 2020 Salling was arrested in December 2015 after a search warrant found thousands of pornographic images of prepubescent minors on his computer and thumb drive. oregonlive, "‘Glee’ curse? Naya Rivera apparent drowning adds to tragedies linked to show," 10 July 2020 He was arrested in December 2015 after Los Angeles police served a search warrant on his home, which turned up more than 50,000 illicit images on his computer and a thumb drive, according to a later plea agreement. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Naya Rivera: Is she latest victim of 'curse' of beloved TV musical series 'Glee'?," 10 Mar. 2015 In April, Yujing Zhang, a 33-year-old from China, entered Mar-a-Lago with four cellphones, a computer, two Chinese passports, an external hard drive and a thumb drive. Hannah Winston, USA TODAY, "Jury finds Chinese national not guilty of trespassing Mar-a-Lago: 'An honest mistake'," 12 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of thumb drive

2002, in the meaning defined above

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18 Nov 2020

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“Thumb drive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Nov. 2020.

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