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a file or catalog consisting of cards on which information has been entered so that desired items or data can be readily found.
Historical Examples

In came his shorthand clerks, typewriter, card-index, and books on system.
John Brown Captain R. W. Campbell

At the end he made a note in his card-index and wrote out a prescription.
The Education of Eric Lane Stephen McKenna

The collector will also find it convenient to catalogue the books in his cases, preferably by means of a card-index system.
Book Repair and Restoration Mitchell Buck

He rose and went to the card-index to consult his subscription list.
Carmen Ariza Charles Francis Stocking

First of all he procured a card-index box capable of holding about a thousand cards.
The Book-Hunter at Home P. B. M. Allan

None in his senses, I say, would emit such sophistries, for Christmas is a law unto itself and is not conducted by card-index.
Mince Pie

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Christopher Darlington Morley

There was a large room filled with thousands of little dossiers in shelves, and card-index cases to correspond.
Meccania Owen Gregory

I got it on my white dress—a dreadful looking stain—and immediately referred to my card-index.
A Thousand Ways to Please a Husband Louise Bennett Weaver

Next came the card-index man with a proposition to use his cards for an index to the files.
Cyclopedia of Commerce, Accountancy, Business Administration, v. 1 Various

He drew out a card-index drawer and selected a card, which he tossed to the secretary.
Carmen Ariza Charles Francis Stocking

an index in which each item is separately listed on systematically arranged cards
(transitive) to make such an index of (a book)

an ordered (often alphabetical) catalog or collection of information with descriptions of items on separate cards


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