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don·gle

 (dôn′gəl, dŏng′-)
n.
A hardware device that renders inoperable certain software on a computer if the device is not attached to the computer.

[Probably arbitrary coinage.]

dongle

(ˈdɒŋɡəl)
n
(Computer Science) computing an electronic device that accompanies a software item to prevent the unauthorized copying of programs

don•gle

(ˈdɒŋ gəl, ˈdɔŋ-)
n.
a hardware device attached to a computer without which a given software program will not run: used to prevent unauthorized use.
[1980–85]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.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
computer science, computing - the branch of engineering science that studies (with the aid of computers) computable processes and structures
Translations
dongle

dongle

n (Comput) → Dongle m, → Kopierschutzstecker m
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