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

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Hello Falafel gift certificates that can't be used this week will be honored at Odd Duck; full Hello Falafel punch cards can be exchanged for an Odd Duck gift card worth $8, the price of a sandwich. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Odd Duck event space to replace Hello Falafel," 2 Jan. 2018 There will also be a punch card tracking customer's visits. Michael Walsh, Courant Community, "Library Farmers Market Enters Fifth Season," 27 June 2018 To be sure, the current U.S. moral crisis is no holocaust and IBM’s deep involvement in customizing its punch card technology for the Nazis stands out like a red flag compared to a simple government cloud services contract. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Data Sheet—Tech Industry Condemns Migrant Child Separation Policy. But What Will They Actually Do About It?," 20 June 2018 There are also monthly, summer and annual memberships available, along with a 10-admissions punch card that never expires. Cassie Dickman, sacbee, "Beat the heat with these family friendly places in the capital region," 2 June 2018 In 1930s Germany, census workers went door to door filling out punch cards that indicated residents’ nationalities, native language, religion and profession. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "The GDPR Is Just the Latest Example of Europe's Caution on Privacy Rights. That Outlook Has a Disturbing History," 24 May 2018 As the Pueblo desperately sought to evade capture, crewmen burned punch cards to keep secrets from the enemy, and smoke poured out of the vessel. Richard Miniter, WSJ, "Remember the Pueblo, Mr. President," 22 May 2018 Tour noteworthy buildings as recommended by AIA Hawaii in the carousel above, such as the Painted Church, former palaces for the royal family of Hawaii, and even an IBM building designed to look like a punch card for a computer. USA TODAY, "Amazing Hawaiian architecture: 25 must-see buildings," 16 May 2018 Imagine big mainframe computers that require their own rooms and were originally configured to use punch cards. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, "IRS site back up and running — drawing on computer codes that date back to the 1960s," 18 Apr. 2018

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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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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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