floppy disk

or flop·py·disk


noun

Computers. a thin plastic disk coated with magnetic material, on which computer data and programs can be stored for later retrieval.

Origin of floppy disk

First recorded in 1970–75; called floppy from the fact that the earliest disks are ‘flexible’, though the later (3.5 inch) disks have a rigid plastic case
Also called floppy, diskette, flexible disk, magnetic disk.
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British Dictionary definitions for floppy disk

floppy disk


noun

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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Science 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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