thumb drive


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Under the new procedures announced today, highly sensitive court documents (HSDs) filed with federal courts will be accepted for filing in paper form or via a secure electronic device, such as a thumb drive, and stored in a secure stand-alone computer system. Mitchell Clark, The Verge, 7 Jan. 2021 The result was the thumb drive. IEEE Spectrum, 10 Dec. 2022 Not bad for a device the size of a thumb drive. Brad Moon, Forbes, 25 Sep. 2021 The 50-year-old from Michigan was arrested in his Moscow hotel room in 2018 with a thumb drive that Russian authorities said held classified information. Elizabeth Thompson, Dallas News, 18 Mar. 2021 Anthony used a thumb drive to exchange documents with Walker, according to the lawsuit. Dallas News, 24 June 2022 The co-worker was given an envelope containing the list and a thumb drive of video footage from Kelley’s home security camera that depicted at least one officer approaching Kelley’s home to search it earlier this year, authorities said. Annie Gowen, Washington Post, 17 Dec. 2022 Court documents say Dominguez also admitted that the Sheriff’s Office may find more images on a thumb drive in his car and gave away his phone and laptop password during the interview. Ayana Hamilton Arizona Republic, The Arizona Republic, 17 Dec. 2022 Dunsford snatched the thumb drive and slept with it under his pillow. David Peisner, Rolling Stone, 23 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

2002, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of thumb drive was in 2002

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“Thumb drive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jun. 2023.

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