swipe card

plural swipe cards

Definition of swipe card

: a plastic card with a magnetic strip that has encoded information which can be read when the card is slid through an electronic card-reading device … announced proposals to introduce electronic swipe cards for regular, pre-screened travelers that would allow them to bypass lengthy passport lines.— Harvey Morris … specialists were able to trace the messages to a remote location on campus and match their posting times to those when a certain student used his campus swipe card to get in and out of the same building.— Barrett Seaman

First Known Use of swipe card

1983, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of swipe card was in 1983

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“Swipe card.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swipe%20card. Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of swipe card

: a special plastic card with a magnetic strip that has information which can be read by special machines


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