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punch card

or punchcard, punched card

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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • MacIntosh jotted down the data Alan gave him and transferred it to a punched card.

    Starman's Quest Robert Silverberg
  • The survey-ship put its findings on a punched card, six inches by eight, and went hastily on in search of something better.

    The Forgotten Planet Murray Leinster
British Dictionary definitions for punched card

punched card

(formerly) a card on which data can be coded in the form of punched holes. In computing, there were usually 80 columns and 12 rows, each column containing a pattern of holes representing one character Sometimes shortened to card
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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