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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
1885-1890
1885-90, for earlier sense

punched tape

noun
1.
Computers. paper tape.
Also, punch tape.
Origin
1880-85
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British Dictionary definitions for punch-tape

paper tape

noun
1.
a former name for punched tape

punched tape

noun
1.
a strip of paper for recording information in the form of rows of either six or eight holes, some or all of which are punched to produce a combination used as a discrete code symbol, formerly used in computers, telex machines, etc
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