[ flop-ee disk ]
/ ˈflɒp i ˈdɪsk /
a portable storage medium consisting of a square plastic case containing a thin disk coated with magnetic material that is inserted into a drive to read and write data: popular from the 1970s through the 1990s.
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Origin of floppy disk
First recorded in 1970–75; called floppy from the fact that the earliest (8 inch) disk housing was somewhat flexible, though later (3.5 inch) disks had a rigid plastic case
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British Dictionary definitions for floppy disk
a flexible removable magnetic disk that stores information and can be used to store data for use in a microprocessorAlso called: diskette, flexible disk
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Scientific definitions for floppy disk
[ flŏp′pē ]
A flexible plastic disk coated with magnetic material and covered by a protective jacket, used for storing data. Floppy disks were once the principal storage medium for personal computers, but inexpensive hard disks and writable compact disks have greatly diminished their role.
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