card catalog


card catalog
noun
1. a library catalog in which each publication is described on a separate file card
Syn: ↑card catalogue
Hypernyms: ↑library catalog, ↑library catalogue
2. an alphabetical listing of items (e.g., books in a library) with a separate card for each item
Syn: ↑card index, ↑card catalogue
Hypernyms: ↑file, ↑file cabinet, ↑filing cabinet
Hyponyms: ↑Rolodex

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noun
Etymology: card (III)
: a catalog (as of books) the entries in which are on cards

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a file of cards of uniform size arranged in some definite order and listing the items in the collection of a library or group of libraries, each card typically identifying a single item.
[1850-55, Amer.]

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card catalog or card catalogue,
1. a catalog in the form of a card index for helping people find books in a library, information in a file, or items in a collection, each book or item being entered on a separate card: »

Guided by the attendant to a bank of mahogany card catalogue files at one end of the room, he began flicking his way through them knowingly (New Yorker).

2. any card index: »

a card catalog of paintings.

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noun, pl ⋯ -logs [count]
US : a set of cards in a library that have information about books, journals, etc., written on them and are arranged in alphabetical order — called also (Brit) card index

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ˈcard catalog [card catalog] (NAmE) (BrE ˈcard index, index) noun
a box of cards with information on them, arranged in alphabetical order
See also:card index index

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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