Definition of punched tape in English:

punched tape


  • A paper tape perforated according to a code, formerly used for conveying instructions or data to a data processor.

    • ‘Colossus was 5 metres long, 3 metres deep and 2.5 metres high, made from plugs, cables and valves, and worked using punched tape.’
    • ‘One of its most innovative features was that it could be programmed by means of a punched tape.’
    • ‘The hackers at MIT fed their computers on punched tape, which they kept in an open, unlocked drawer.’
    • ‘Control may be direct or via a program stored on a punched tape…’