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.
a former name for punched tape
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
- Punch the clock
verb phrase To do the minimum routinely required: The public has good instincts for when people are doing significant or courageous things in space and when merely punching the clock (1940s+)
[puhnch-uhp] /ˈpʌntʃˌʌp/ noun, Slang. 1. (def 2). noun 1. (Brit, informal) a fight, brawl, or violent argument
[puhn-chee] /ˈpʌn tʃi/ adjective, punchier, punchiest. Informal. 1. . 2. being or appearing vigorously effective; forceful. /ˈpʌntʃɪ/ adjective punchier, punchiest 1. an informal word for punch-drunk 2. (informal) incisive or forceful: a punchy article adj. “nervously anxious; irritable from fatigue,” 1937, from punch (v.) + -y (2). Perhaps originally a shortening of punch-drunk. Related: Punchily; […]
[puhngk-teyt] /ˈpʌŋk teɪt/ adjective 1. marked with points or dots; having minute spots or depressions. /ˈpʌŋkteɪt/ adjective 1. having or marked with minute spots, holes, or depressions adj. “dotted, marked with dots,” 1760, from Modern Latin punctuatus, from Latin punctum “point” (see point). Related: Punctation. punctate punc·tate (pŭngk’tāt’) adj. Having tiny spots, points, or depressions.