card catalog


Definition of card catalog

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

Examples of card catalog in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Vintage stuff covers my century-old farmhouse, from the card catalog table in the living room to the tennis racquets on the wall of the mudroom to the potato chip tin in the kitchen. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 2 July 2022 To launch it, said Rikki Longino, the City Library’s garden coordinator, the library’s garden staff performed a little skit in the auditorium using the old-fashioned wooden card catalog that is now used to stock seeds. Stefene Russell, The Salt Lake Tribune, 24 Apr. 2022 The seed packets are stored in card catalog cabinets. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 17 Mar. 2022 Most seed libraries, however, are in public libraries of the book persuasion, generally open during the hours the library is open, with seeds often housed in the now-obsolete card catalog drawers. Pam Peirce, San Francisco Chronicle, 4 Feb. 2022 This wasn’t so in the 1950s, when schedulers went through racks of index cards, each with a particular flight’s info, all stored in what resembled a library card catalog. Frank O’brien, Ars Technica, 4 Jan. 2022 In an 1890s card catalog in his office, the loose finger of a plaster Jesus shares a drawer with Duracell batteries. New York Times, 24 Dec. 2021 Sparks sign from the former nightclub, cast-iron sewing table in the kitchen, an old-school library card catalog in the art room and more. Lennie Omalza, The Courier-Journal, 28 June 2021 Guests are going to have fun looking at original library ledgers; library cards through the decades; an A-1 Steak Sauce Mystery display; an antique card catalog complete with vintage checkout cards and due date slips; and stamps. cleveland, 15 Jan. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of card catalog

1853, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of card catalog was in 1853

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“Card catalog.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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