One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A paper tape perforated according to a code, formerly used for conveying instructions or data to a data processor.
- ‘Control may be direct or via a program stored on a punched tape…’
- ‘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.’
punched tape/ˈpənCHt ˌtāp/
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