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paper tape

noun, Computers.
1.
a narrow strip of paper in which holes are punched in designated patterns to represent characters: formerly in common use as an input/output medium.
Also called punched tape, punch tape.
Origin of paper tape
1885-1890
1885-90, for earlier sense
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British Dictionary definitions for paper tape

paper tape

noun
1.
a former name for punched tape
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paper tape in Technology
hardware, history
Punched paper tape. An early input/output and storage medium borrowed from telegraph and teletype systems.
Data entered at the keyboard of the teletype could be directed to a perforator or punch which punched a pattern of holes across the width of a paper tape to represent the characters typed. The paper tape could be read by a tape reader feeding the computer. Computer output could be similarly punched onto tape and printed off-line.
As well as storage of the program and data, use of paper tape enabled batch processing.
The first units had five data hole positions plus a sprocket hole (for the driving wheel) across the width of the tape. These used commercial telegraph code (ITA2 also known as Murray), Baudot code, or proprietary codes such as Elliott which were more programmer-friendly. Later systems had eight data holes and used ASCII coding.
(2003-12-02)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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