floppy disk

or flop·py·disk

[ flop-ee disk ]
/ ˈflɒp i ˈdɪsk /
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noun Computers.
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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Also called floppy, diskette, flex·i·ble disk, magnetic disk .
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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

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

floppy disk
[ flŏppē ]

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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