punch card


Definition of punch card

: a card in which holes are punched in designated positions to represent data

called also Hollerith card, punched card

Examples of punch card in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 2000, many states were still using the punch card ballot, a voting system created in the 1960s. Robert Speel, The Conversation, "A history of contested presidential elections, from Samuel Tilden to Al Gore," 3 Nov. 2020 The notorious and infamous punch card system, the hanging chad, that was used in many jurisdictions across the country. Abby Hamblin, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Get to know Michael Vu, registrar of voters for San Diego County," 29 Sep. 2020 In addition to these Halloween offerings, Enzian will present a free punch card contest throughout the month, but better move quickly because the theater is only handing out 100 cards. Kathleen Christiansen, orlandosentinel.com, "Enzian presents Halloween movies and cocktails," 25 Sep. 2020 Henning said parents can customize which days their students will attend e-learning at Alive by purchasing a membership or virtual punch card. Suzanne Baker, chicagotribune.com, "A behind-the-screens look at the remote start of the District 203 school year," 5 Sep. 2020 The board will also consider the removal of the guest pass and punch cards fee category as well as the day care and group daily pass fee category and the swim team member pass fee category. Jeff Forward, Houston Chronicle, "Woodlands board may finalize initial swimming pool openings," 26 May 2020 The punch cards are gone, but the census today is not so different from its 19th and 20th century predecessors. Andrew Whitby, Wired, "A Brief History of the Census—and How Covid-19 Could Change It," 1 Apr. 2020 The 8-inch floppy disk drive was invented by IBM in the late 1980s as a replacement for punch cards. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "U.S. Air Force Finally Ditches 8-Inch Floppy Disks," 22 Oct. 2019 One bright young former census agent, Herman Hollerith, invented a machine to tabulate results by first encoding them in punch cards and then feeding those cards through an electric machine. Anna Diamond, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Enumerated Story of the Census," 13 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of punch card

1881, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of punch card was in 1881

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“Punch card.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/punch%20card. Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of punch card

: a card with holes that have been punched in different positions to represent information

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