Definitions for card catalog

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

card′ cat`alog(n.)

  1. a file of cards listing the items in the collection of a library.

    Category: Library Science

Origin of card catalog:

1850–55, Amer.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. card catalog, card catalogue(noun)

    a library catalog in which each publication is described on a separate file card

  2. card index, card catalog, card catalogue(noun)

    an alphabetical listing of items (e.g., books in a library) with a separate card for each item


  1. Card catalog

    The card catalog, or "catalog of characteristics," in cryptography, was a system designed by Polish Cipher Bureau mathematician-cryptologist Marian Rejewski, and first completed about 1935 or 1936, to facilitate decrypting German Enigma ciphers.


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