card punch


noun


Nearby words

  1. card counter,
  2. card file,
  3. card in,
  4. card index,
  5. card players, the,
  6. card reader,
  7. card shark,
  8. card surfing,
  9. card table,
  10. card tart

keypunch

[ kee-puhnch ]
/ ˈkiˌpʌntʃ /

noun

Also key punch. Also called card punch. a machine, operated by a keyboard, for coding information by punching holes in cards or paper tape in specified patterns.

verb (used with object)

to punch holes in (a punch card or paper tape), using a keypunch.
to insert (data) into a computer by means of a keypunch: to keypunch code numbers.

Origin of keypunch

First recorded in 1930–35; key1 + punch1

Related formskey·punch·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for card-punch

card punch

noun

a device, no longer widely used, controlled by a computer, for transferring information from the central processing unit onto punched cardsCompare card reader
another name for key punch
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Word Origin and History for card-punch

keypunch

n.

1933, from key (n.1) + punch (v.).

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