from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See floppy disk.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A small, flexible, magnetic disk for storage and retrieval of data.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a small plastic magnetic disk enclosed in a stiff envelope with a radial slit; used to store data or programs for a microcomputer
disk + -ette, by analogy with cassette (Wiktionary)