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punch card

(pŭnch kard),
A card on which data are stored by means of holes made in specified positions so that data can be sorted, processed, and analyzed; method still used in developing world.
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Among them were automatic telephone switching, the electric typewriter, duplicating machines and copiers, adding machines and calculators, tape recorders for dictation, and data-processing equipment that used punched cards.
In the 1930s, state-of-the-art data processing technology consisted of machines for storing punched cards with 60 to 80 different categories being tabulated.
He extolled handwork, yet installed one of the first automated processes in his Jacquard looms, which used punched cards to eliminate some of the most tedious processes in traditional weaving.