punch tape


Also found in: Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

punch tape

n.
A paper ribbon in which holes representing data to be processed by a computer are punched.
References in periodicals archive ?
Tenders are invited for Punch Tape, Bricks, Cement, Halogen Light
It was no laptop computer - but it could read the Baudot code punch tape at a rate of 5,000 characters per second, occupied an entire room and weighed more than a ton.
Veterans of the industry are prone to remind us of the nearly cost-prohibitive panel saws that ran off programmed punch tape in the 1970s that would be beaten every which way productivity-wise by a 1997 model for less than half the price.