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punch card

n.
A medium for feeding data into a computer, essentially a card punched with holes or notches to represent letters and numbers or with a pattern of holes to represent related data. Also called Hollerith card.

punch′ card`


n.
a rectangular card on which data is stored in the form of a pattern of small holes.
[1940–45]
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Noun1.punch card - a card on which data can be recorded in the form of punched holespunch card - a card on which data can be recorded in the form of punched holes
card - one of a set of small pieces of stiff paper marked in various ways and used for playing games or for telling fortunes; "he collected cards and traded them with the other boys"
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The punch card created a paper record for information in an electromechanical system that had been updated and tailored for financial operations by the inventor Herman Hollerith in 1888.
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Visitors can also enjoy encoded melodies in the patterns of embroidery by turning the punch card music box, designed by the Hungarian designer Janet Jirmai.
There are handles to pull on voting machines, punch card systems (remember the hanging chads in Florida in 2000?) and touch screens under the watchful eyes of election judges.
"It goes without saying that any application of the punch card should be [...] connected with compliance to European directives on working hours, acceptance of on-call as hours of continuous and active work, and adequate compensation for the extra hours worked" SESIK said.
"The knotted rug motifs were transformed into sounds by a punch card comb music player, with the pattern of holes on the tape in the musical box designed by me.
Every time I go to my neighborhood pizza place, I realize that I have forgotten to take my punch card with me and end up getting a new one.
To create the works in this series, simply titled "HWP," 20 13-14, after A Handweaver's Pattern Book, Marguerite Porter Davison's 1950 instructional tome, Apfelbaum placed a punch card she sourced from a craft store on the surface of the velvet "canvas," and then used Chart-pak markers to make dots through each of its holes.
As a gesture of appreciation for its retail partners, employees of authorized Mountain Khakis retailers can now earn punch card points for every MK apparel item they sell thanks to the new MK Retailer Rewards Program.
In glorious spring-like weather, Brown held the lead on the first punch card check by just two marks from Sheppard, with Faceby joiner Guy Kendrew just one mark adrift.
"As an experiment, they gave away two different versions of this punch card," he said.
Think about a punch card as used by one of Herman Hollerith's original tabulators installed for the 1890 census.