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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (1)

1. a small plastic magnetic disk enclosed in a stiff envelope with a radial slit; used to store data or programs for a microcomputer;
- Example: "floppy disks are noted for their relatively slow speed and small capacity and low price"
[syn: diskette, floppy, floppy disk]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

magnetic disc \magnetic disc\, magnetic disk \magnetic disk\n. A ditical memory device consisting of a flat disk covered with a magnetic coating on which information is stored; a hard disk, floppy disk, and diskette are typically magnetic disks. Syn: disk, disc. [WordNet 1.5]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

diskette \diskette\ n. (Computers) a data-storage medium consisting of a small plastic disk coated with a thin layer of magnetizable material on one or both sides, enclosed in a stiff envelope with a radial slit. It is used in a specially designed disk drive, in which the disk is rotated at high speed, and which stores data on the disk by causing changes in the direction of magnetization of the magnetic layer as the disk spins and as sequential locations on the disk pass under the read-write head of the drive. Reading of the data occurs in the reverse process, by detection of the patterns of magnetization of the disk. Such disks are used to store data or programs for a microcomputer. Syn: floppy, floppy disk. [WordNet 1.5 +PJC]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

diskette n 1: a small plastic magnetic disk enclosed in a stiff envelope with a radial slit; used to store data or programs for a microcomputer; "floppy disks are noted for their relatively slow speed and small capacity and low price" [syn: diskette, floppy, floppy disk]
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):

floppy disk crunchy diskette double density floppy HD high density (Or "floppy", "diskette") A small, portable plastic disk coated in a magnetisable substance used for storing computer data, readable by a computer with a floppy disk drive. The physical size of disks has shrunk from the early 8 inch, to 5 1/4 inch ("minifloppy") to 3 1/2 inch ("microfloppy") while the data capacity has risen. These disks are known as "floppy" disks (or diskettes) because the disk is flexible and the read/write head is in physical contact with the surface of the disk in contrast to "hard disks" (or winchesters) which are rigid and rely on a small fixed gap between the disk surface and the heads. Floppies may be either single-sided or double-sided. 3.5 inch floppies are less floppy than the larger disks because they come in a stiff plastic "envelope" or case, hence the alternative names "stiffy" or "crunchy" sometimes used to distinguish them from the floppier kind. The following formats are used on IBM PCs and elsewhere: Capacity Density Width 360K double 5.25" 720K double 3.5" 1.2M high 5.25" 1.44M high 3.5" Double denisty and high density are usually abbreviated DD and HD. HD 3.5 inch disks have a second hole in the envelope and an overlapping "HD" logo. (1996-08-23)