flash drive

or flash·drive

noun Computers.

Also called flash memory drive, thumb drive, USB drive. a very small, portable, solid-state hard drive that can be inserted into a USB port for storage and retrieval of data.

Nearby words

  1. flaringly,
  2. flash,
  3. flash blindness,
  4. flash burn,
  5. flash card,
  6. flash eliminator,
  7. flash fiction,
  8. flash flood,
  9. flash gun,
  10. flash in the pan

Also Trademark, ThumbDrive, JumpDrive.

See also flash memory. Compare memory card.

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British Dictionary definitions for thumb drive

thumb drive


a thumb-sized portable computer hard drive and data storage device

flash drive


a pocket-sized portable computer hard drive and data storage deviceSee also key drive, pen drive, thumb drive, USB drive
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