a hardware device, paired with a licensed copy of a software program, that must be plugged into a computer to authorize every use of the software: an antipiracy dongle.
a device that can be plugged into a hardware port on a computer, television, or other electronic device, to enable access when connecting devices to peripherals, to the internet, or to each other: a USB dongle for wireless internet access;an HDMI dongle with television apps;a display port dongle to connect the laptop to the projector.
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How to use dongle in a sentence
The Google Chromecast may be one of the easiest-to-use streaming dongles out there.Outsmart your Chromecast and stream anything you want | Sandra Gutierrez | June 15, 2021 | Popular-Science
Chromecasts are designed to stream media from the web, but you can also use these dongles to cast files saved to your phone, tablet, or computer.Outsmart your Chromecast and stream anything you want | Sandra Gutierrez | June 15, 2021 | Popular-Science
The company nixed the ubiquitous headphone jack from its smartphones, forcing the adoption of Bluetooth ear buds, and has eliminated certain ports in favor of thinness and streamlined design, making users rely on dongles to connect accessories.Apple locked users into its ecosystem. Tesla wants to do the same with its ‘iPhone on wheels.’ | Faiz Siddiqui | May 14, 2021 | Washington Post
Galaxy SmartTagSamsung is expanding its SmartThings Find technology to include a stand-alone dongle that resembles a Tile.Watch Samsung announce its new Galaxy S21 smartphones and Galaxy Buds Pro | Stan Horaczek | January 14, 2021 | Popular-Science
Google has pushed out a brand new streaming dongle—the Chromecast with Google TV.Seven pro tips for the new Chromecast with Google TV | David Nield | October 29, 2020 | Popular-Science
Google's hot new dongle won't wind up being a Roku replacement in my house.
Out of the gate, the dongle currently supports just three major video platforms: YouTube, Netflix, and Google Play.
First, I plugged the 3-inch dongle into the HDMI input on the back of my TV, and plugged it into its power source.
British Dictionary definitions for dongle
computing an electronic device that accompanies a software item to prevent the unauthorized copying of programs
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