Definition of Dongle

1. Noun. (computer science) an electronic device that must be attached to a computer in order for it to use protected software.

Generic synonyms: Electronic Device
Category relationships: Computer Science, Computing



Definition of Dongle

1. Noun. (computer hardware) Any small device which plugs into an electronic device, typically a computer, and alters its functionality. Common examples include wireless modems, software copy protect devices, and adapters. Some USB keyboards and mice include USB to PS/2 adapter dongles, enabling their use on machines with PS/2 ports. ¹

2. Noun. (computer hardware) A hardware device utilized by a specific application for purposes of copy protection. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Dongle

1. a device for a computer [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Dongle

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donenesses
donepezil
doner
doner kebab
doner kebabs
doners
doney
donga
dongas
donged
dongers
donging
dongle (current term)
dongles
dongola
dongolas
dongs
donharrisite
doni
doning
donings
donjon
donjons
donk
donk bet
donk bets
donk betting

Literary usage of Dongle

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1. The New York Times Current History (1915)
"If Tirpitz behaves like a brute on the brine (Oh, dingle dong dangle ding dongle ding dee,) The bells with a clash and a clamor combine To hint that the ..."

2. Executive Guide to Computer Viruses by Charles Ritstein (1992)
"Most use a floppy disk to store this information safely away from the system, but one manufacturer has pioneered the use of a "dongle" for this purpose. ..."

3. The Information Universe: Issues in Informing Science and Information by Informing Science Institute, Eli Cohen, Ed. (2006)
"Bluetooth USB dongle. The dongle establishes wireless links between the notebook and the Starter Kit. The delivered software WIDCOMM provides access to the ..."

4. Cases Decided in the Court of Session by Scotland Court of Session, Patrick Shaw, Scotland, Court of Session (1835)
"Robertson, for Miss M'dongle, brought under the notice of tbe Court that Miss M'Dougie resided in Berwick, and the policy had been sent and delivered to kr ..."

5. Commentaries on American Law by James Kent (1873)
"1 M'dongle v. Royal Exch. Ass. iii. 823 6 v. Hepburn iv. 41 a Macdowall v. Fraser iii. 282 d McDowell B. Gray iv. 825 e Page ii. 194 c ii. 263 c ii. ..."

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