punch card

or punch·card, punched card


noun

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

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Origin of punch card

First recorded in 1940–45
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British Dictionary definitions for punched card

punched card

esp US punch card


noun

(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 characterSometimes shortened to: card
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