Meaning of “card index” in the English Dictionary


"card index" in English

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card indexnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkɑːd ˌɪn.deks/ us /ˈkɑːrd ˌɪn.deks/

Examples from literature

  • A writer may purchase a manuscript record book or may prepare his own book or card index. 
  • In fact, in most modern studios, an elaborate card index system of listing locations, sometimes situated miles from the studio, is maintained. 
  • One of these cards indexes contains the names and titles of all the articles published in the society's annual reports and is indexed also with the names of the writers, the index being prepared in this double manner. 
  • The society is maintaining its card indexes and adding year by year to the amount of material which they represent. 
  • The use of the catalogue and card index should be carefully explained and illustrated. 

(Definition of “card index” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"card index" in Business English

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card indexnoun [ C ]

uk us

a box for storing cards with information on them in alphabetical order:

Names and contact details of customers are still kept in an old-fashioned card index.

(Definition of “card index” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)