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keypunch

[kee-puhnch] /ˈkiˌpʌntʃ/
noun
1.
Also, key punch. Also called card punch. a machine, operated by a keyboard, for coding information by punching holes in cards or paper tape in specified patterns.
verb (used with object)
2.
to punch holes in (a punch card or paper tape), using a keypunch.
3.
to insert (data) into a computer by means of a keypunch:
to keypunch code numbers.
Origin
1930-1935
1930-35; key1 + punch1
Related forms
keypuncher, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for key-punch

key punch

noun
1.
Also called card punch. a device having a keyboard that is operated manually to transfer data onto punched cards, paper tape, etc
verb
2.
to transfer (data) onto punched cards, paper tape, etc, by using a key punch
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Word Origin and History for key-punch

keypunch

n.

1933, from key (n.1) + punch (v.).

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