punch card

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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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A precursor to the computer, various Hollerith machines were used by governments around the world, including the United States, as a state-of the-art census, scheduling, accountancy, and management tool.
Information collected by the Hollerith machines manufactured by DEHOMAG was submitted to police stations and local statistical and registry offices.