paper tape

noun Computers.
  1. a narrow strip of paper in which holes are punched in designated patterns to represent characters: formerly in common use as an input/output medium.

Origin of paper tape

1885–90, for earlier sense
Also called punched tape, punch tape.
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paper tape

noun
  1. a former name for punched tape
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