key·​punch | \ ˈkē-ˌpənch How to pronounce keypunch (audio) \

Definition of keypunch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a machine with a keyboard used to cut holes or notches in punch cards


keypunched; keypunching; keypunches

Definition of keypunch (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to enter (data) on punch cards with a keypunch

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Other Words from keypunch


keypuncher noun

Examples of keypunch in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Mother landed a good job at nearby Tinker Air Force Base working as a keypunch operator. WSJ, 19 Dec. 2017 Apparently the alignment of the holes punched by the keypunch didn't quite match the alignment of the card reader, causing a read error. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, 11 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of keypunch


1903, in the meaning defined above


1908, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of keypunch was in 1903

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“Keypunch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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