Tabulator definitions

tăb'yə-lā'tər
One that tabulates.
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A machine that reads, sorts, and prints out information from punched cards.
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A mechanism on a typewriter for setting automatic stops or margins for columns.
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A device for reading data from punched cards and producing printed lists or totals of the result.
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A person or thing that tabulates.
  • A device on a typewriter activated by a key (tab key), used to move the carriage a given number of spaces, as in making columns.
  • A machine for automatically compiling lists, tabulations, etc. from information encoded on punch cards.
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A machine that added up numerical data in punch cards. Tabulators were used to prepare invoices, checks and "green-striped" reports as late as the 1970s. Invented by Herman Hollerith in 1890, his tabulator displayed the totals on dials. Subsequent models were able to perform additional arithmetic operations as well as print the results. See Hollerith machine, punch card and continuous forms.
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A person who counts or tabulates things.
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The mechanism on a typewriter that sets the position of columns and borders.
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(computing) An early data processing machine that produces printed lists and totals from data on punched cards.
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