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A hardware device that renders inoperable certain software on a computer if the device is not attached to the computer.
[Probably arbitrary coinage.]
(Computer Science) computing an electronic device that accompanies a software item to prevent the unauthorized copying of programs
don•gle(ˈdɒŋ gəl, ˈdɔŋ-)
a hardware device attached to a computer without which a given software program will not run: used to prevent unauthorized use.
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|Noun||1.||dongle - (computer science) an electronic device that must be attached to a computer in order for it to use protected software|
electronic device - a device that accomplishes its purpose electronically