card catalog

noun

Definition of card catalog 

: a catalog (as of books) in which the entries are arranged systematically on cards

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So many that there are two yard-long card catalog drawers full of card entries of old textbooks. David Frese, kansascity, "Are you smarter than a Kansas 7th-grader of 100 years ago?," 29 Jan. 2018 The card catalog was a revolutionary tool for organizing information. Erin Blakemore, Smithsonian, "The Librarian of Congress Weighs In on Why Card Catalogs Matter," 19 May 2017 The drawers are jammed with jokes typed on 4-by-6-inch cards — 52 drawers, stacked waist-high, like a card catalog of a certain comedian’s life’s work, a library of laughs. James Barron, New York Times, "Sorting Through All the Laughs Joan Rivers Left Behind," 22 Oct. 2017 Send tips, comments, and Joan Rivers’s joke-card catalog to ‪‪Rebecca_Keegan@condenast.com‪. Follow me on Twitter @thatrebecca. Rebecca Keegan, HWD, "Meet the Man Spending the Academy’s Millions," 20 Oct. 2017 Send tips, comments, and Joan Rivers’s joke-card catalog to ‪‪Rebecca_Keegan@condenast.com‪. Follow me on Twitter @thatrebecca. Rebecca Keegan, vanityfair.com, "Meet the Man Spending the Academy’s Millions," 20 Oct. 2017 Many of us who remember going to libraries and using the card catalog connect it with a sense of discovery. Erin Blakemore, Smithsonian, "The Librarian of Congress Weighs In on Why Card Catalogs Matter," 19 May 2017

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1854, in the meaning defined above

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card catalog

noun

English Language Learners Definition of card catalog

: a set of cards in a library that have information about books, journals, etc., written on them and are arranged in alphabetical order

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