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card index

noun
  1. a file or catalog consisting of cards on which information has been entered so that desired items or data can be readily found.
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Origin of card index

An Americanism dating back to 1840–50
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Examples from the Web for card index

Historical Examples of card index

  • At the end he made a note in his card-index and wrote out a prescription.

    The Education of Eric Lane

    Stephen McKenna

  • Here, let me give you my time-guide for baking, and you can keep it in your card-index.

  • In came his shorthand clerks, typewriter, card-index, and books on system.

    John Brown

    Captain R. W. Campbell

  • He rose and went to the card-index to consult his subscription list.

    Carmen Ariza

    Charles Francis Stocking

  • None in his senses, I say, would emit such sophistries, for Christmas is a law unto itself and is not conducted by card-index.


British Dictionary definitions for card index

card index

card file

noun
  1. an index in which each item is separately listed on systematically arranged cards
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verb card-index
  1. (tr) to make such an index of (a book)
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