Definition of card reader in English:

card reader

noun

  • 1An electronic sensor that reads a magnetic strip or bar code on a credit card, membership card, etc.

    • ‘For example, a keypad might be used to open a motorized gate to an employee-only parking lot or area, where an additional key or card reader is required to gain access to the facility.’
    • ‘When an access card is presented to a card reader in the kiosk, a digital photo is automatically displayed on an LCD flat panel for the officer.’
    • ‘Move through the masses like a fish in the water, he mused, strutting to the front door and swiping his badge through a card reader.’
    • ‘After a few long moments I figured out that I needed to slide my room key through a mostly hidden card reader to the side of the control panel.’
    • ‘The card reader read data from badges and any pin number data entered at a keypad of the reader.’
    • ‘The suspects are believed to have inserted a magnetic card reader into a machine at Pitsea, allowing them to record details of cards placed into them.’
    • ‘The cards only require remote contact with the card reader, allowing users to leave the credit-card sized EasyCard in their purse or wallet.’
    • ‘Sliding her card into the card reader, the door opened automatically.’
    • ‘Other systems of checks are perfectly feasible, such as a local card reader and biometric reader verifying identity, removing the need for central records to be kept.’
    • ‘Users can check their Moneo balance and request a recharge from their bank whenever they make a purchase, using the merchant's card reader.’
    • ‘Stepping into the elevator, Father Aberon pulled out a blue card with a magnetic stripe and swiped it through a card reader set into the control panel.’
    • ‘Greeter versus card reader - each will prove the better choice in certain circumstances.’
    • ‘In the ID card reader is a microchip that describes the information accessible to this reader.’
    • ‘Every time you went through a door into a classroom or a door in the corridor you had to swipe your card through an electronic card reader, and this was logged into an anonymous grey hard drive in the cellar and stored for posterity.’
    • ‘When the card is passed over the magnetic field generated by the card reader, a binary number is generated.’
    • ‘He swiped his new picture ID through the card reader at the door and watched as the small red flashing light by the door turned green and he heard a click.’
    • ‘The card reader could track how many students came in and, more important, who attended.’
    • ‘A card reader may still open the door and so will a fire alarm.’
    • ‘Greenwood said that he would take this one and took out his military ID, slid it through the card reader and placed his thumb against the scanner.’
    • ‘She had to swipe it a couple of times, but the card reader finally read it and let them in.’
  • 2An electronic device that reads and transfers data from various portable memory storage devices.

    • ‘The package consists of the 6 in 1 card reader, one USB, a driver CD and an instruction guide.’
    • ‘However, we'd like to see a small amount of flash memory added to the system, along with a SmartMedia, SD or CompactFlash card reader for displaying freshly taken digital pictures.’
    • ‘In fact, we opted out of including a floppy drive, because with the card reader and front USB, who needs one?’
    • ‘I have two front USB ports and also an internal card reader.’
    • ‘If you like portable storage, Lucky Star has a three-in-one USB pen device juiced with card reader support for Secure Digital and Multi Media Card portable memory formats.’
    • ‘To get a sense of Apple's continued attention to elegant design, look at this photo of an iPod shuffle next to a competing small MP3 player and a USB memory card reader.’
    • ‘Content is stored on a 64MB Secure Digital card and a card reader is supplied for connection to a PC.’
    • ‘Should you still want to live pre-2000, MSI includes an extra floppy faceplate if you don't need the card reader.’
    • ‘Anyway, for £147 I have managed to get a four megapixel camera, rechargeable batteries plus spare set and charger, 128Mbyte memory card and card reader, which isn't bad.’
    • ‘It was fifty blank CDs, some memory and a card reader, so in light of peoples' roofs being ripped off and their belongings destroyed I sat down and started to archive the contents of my hard drives onto the CDs.’
    • ‘PC makers, meanwhile, have taken the space normally allocated for a floppy drive and replaced it with a flash card reader, which can accommodate all of the various types of flash cards.’
    • ‘Couldn't resist taking a picture of my blogging by moon light and using the new card reader to transfer it immediately.’
    • ‘Instead, I use a USB SmartMedia card reader and drag the JPEGs directly onto my hard drive.’
    • ‘The card reader is capable of accessing all major formats, including SD / MMC, CompactFlash, SmartMedia, and Memory Sticks.’
    • ‘The ideal player would offer a a 20GB hard drive, good musical sound quality, a superb screen with which to view photos and a memory card reader to transfer them with.’
    • ‘One of the new designs is the slotless card reader.’
    • ‘To the left of the screen you'll find an 8-in - 1 memory card reader, making it easy to transfer images from your digital camera, or even swap data between the eXentia and a PDA.’
    • ‘The question is all the more relevant since many of these devices also have a document feeder, a memory card reader, a color fax, etc.’
    • ‘The photographic system includes a media card reader that can be connected to a desktop computer through USB or parallel port interfaces.’
    • ‘The unit comes with a DVD player and flash card reader, letting it play back movies, MP3s, video CDs, photos stored on flash cards, and more.’