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punch card

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noun
  1. a card having holes punched in specific positions and patterns so as to represent data to be stored or processed mechanically, electrically, or photoelectrically.

Origin of punch card

First recorded in 1940–45
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Examples from the Web for punch card

Historical Examples

  • He jerked the punch-card out of the transmitter and called Vic.

    The Romantic Analogue

    W.W. Skupeldyckle

  • On such work as teaming, where teams are hauling earth along a road for a considerable distance, a punch-card is very valuable.

  • The paper in the curve-tracer was perfectly blank, and there was no punch-card in the transmitter head.

    The Romantic Analogue

    W.W. Skupeldyckle