key card

a plastic card, similar to a credit card, containing data on an embedded magnetized strip that can electronically unlock a door, activate a machine, etc.

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key card UK US noun [countable] [singular key card plural key cards] british
a small plastic card that has electronic information stored on it. It is used for opening doors.
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(also card key) n. a small plastic card that can be used instead of a door key, bearing magnetically encoded data that can be read and processed by an electronic device

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ˈkey card [key card] ; noun (especially NAmE) = swipe card

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • key card — key cards N COUNT A key card is a small plastic card which you can use instead of a key to open a door or barrier, for example in some hotels and car parks …   English dictionary

  • key|card — «KEE kahrd», noun a plastic card with magnetic strip that serves as a key to unlock doors electronically when inserted into a slot …   Useful english dictionary

  • key card — n a special plastic card that you put in an electronic lock to open a door etc …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • key card — key′ card n. cmp a small plastic card containing data on an embedded magnetized strip that can electronically unlock a door, actuate a machine, etc …   From formal English to slang

  • key card — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms key card : singular key card plural key cards British a small plastic card that has electronic information stored on it. It is used for opening doors …   English dictionary

  • key card — noun a small plastic card bearing magnetically encoded data that can be read by an electronic device, used instead of a door key …   English new terms dictionary

  • key card — /ˈki kad/ (say kee kahd) noun 1. → cash card. 2. a debit card issued by a trader, such as a storekeeper or taxi driver, to consumers in regional and remote Australia. 3. a card, usually made of plastic, which has an encoded magnetic strip that… …   Australian English dictionary

  • key card — a plastic card, similar to a credit card, containing data on an embedded magnetized strip that can electronically unlock a door, activate a machine, etc. * * * …   Universalium

  • key card — noun (C) a special plastic card that you put in an electronic lock to open a door etc …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • Card — The term card (from Greek χάρτης chartēs , paper, papyrus ), primarily refers to cardboard or a piece of this.More generally, the term can refer to any of various small flat objects, typically made from heavy paper or plastic. In particular: *… …   Wikipedia

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