floppy disk

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General English

General Science

  • noun a small disk for storing information which can be removed from a computer

Commerce

  • noun a flat circular flexible disk onto which data can be stored in a magnetic form. A floppy disk cannot store as much data as a hard disk, but is easily removed, and is protected by a plastic sleeve.

Computing

  • noun a secondary storage device in the form of a flat, circular flexible disk onto which data can be stored in a magnetic form.
  • abbreviationfd

Electronics

  • A digital magnetic storage medium which is in the form of a rotating plastic plate which is flexible. Information is encoded by altering the magnetic polarity of minute portions on the coated surface of such a disk. Floppy disks are much slower than hard disks, generally hold 1.44 megabytes of data, and their usual format is 3.5 inches, with a rigid case. Also spelled floppy disc. Also called floppy, flexible disk, or diskette.
  • synonymfloppy disc
  • synonymflexible disk
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