Definition of swipe card in English:

swipe card


  • A plastic card such as a credit card or ID card bearing magnetically encoded information which is read when the edge of the card is slid through an electronic device.

    • ‘They moved down a side corridor and came to a grey metal door, which he opened with a swipe card.’
    • ‘When their pass expires, the customer will have to chose between a swipe card for one of the Pay on Foot car parks or a season ticket for the remainder of the Pay and Display car parks.’
    • ‘He walked leisurely into the tube and rather than vault the ticket barrier, he used his swipe card as usual.’
    • ‘The government could save a lot of angst, if they issued all non-citizens a magnetic swipe card with their picture on it.’
    • ‘County workers will be issued with a swipe card to be used during the clocking in process.’
    • ‘We hear on the grapevine that after payment at the bus is withdrawn, it will be possible to pay at the local Post Office with a swipe card and without charge.’
    • ‘You were a trainee secret agent and you were given a swipe card.’
    • ‘At one point the tape shows one of the masked activists entering a secured part of the lab by using an electronic swipe card.’
    • ‘When you arrive you are issued with an electronic swipe card, and everything, including admission, food, drinks and souvenirs from the global village, is paid for on the way out.’
    • ‘Very few people will pay rent there when they can pay in the supermarket or post office with a swipe card.’
    • ‘However, to continue using your post office, you must tick a box, fill out an application form to get a swipe card, and use the card in conjunction with a PIN number.’
    • ‘He worked on until his swipe card entitling him to gain access to the building was withdrawn.’
    • ‘The strikes were in protest at a switch from manual, self-certifying clocking in, to an automated swipe card.’
    • ‘As the use of biometrics becomes more common place, people will realise that the risk is no greater than being forced to reveal a password or to hand over an access swipe card.’
    • ‘The dark stranger who, only twelve hours before, boarded a red-eye flight out of the midwest, slid a magnetic swipe card through the slot of a cleverly disguised electronic lock.’
    • ‘The card is not a swipe card but will instead carry a personalised eight-digit code for the cardholder and contains the player's name, union affiliation and club.’
    • ‘Each fan receives a swipe card with name, address, photograph and membership number.’
    • ‘Once the registration form has been processed, each person named on the form will receive a plastic swipe card which they must present when having prescriptions filled at a community pharmacy.’
    • ‘In the name of security, some companies are already using fingerprints as a swipe card for access to the workplace.’
    • ‘Fans must use the swipe card to gain entry but an electronics system failure meant many could not get through.’
    credit card, debit card, cash card, swipe card
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