dongle

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Apparently from dangle.

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dongle (plural dongles)

  1. (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.
    • 2012, Tecca, Yahoo! Tech, FreedomPop offering 1GB of free wireless data, hopes you’ll pay for more, link
      FreedomPop will offer three different flavors of broadband: a USB dongle that allows you to connect your computer to the internet, a WiFi hotspot device, and an iPhone case that allows you to override the phone's existing network and use it as a FreedomPop hotspot.
  2. (computer hardware) A hardware device utilized by a specific application for purposes of copy protection.

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Last modified on 7 October 2013, at 19:50