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bank card
▪ Health board workers can withdraw up to £100 each on production of their pay slip, their bank card and identification.
▪ I'd got no money, no night things, no spare clothes, no bank card.
bank card

n. A card issued by a bank, which may perform a variety of services such as credit card, debit card or withdrawal of cash from ATM.

bank card

n. a credit card issued by a bank

Bank card

A bank card is typically a plastic card issued by a bank to its clients that performs one or more of a number of services that relate to giving the client access to funds, either from the client's own bank account, or through a credit account. It can also be a Smart card.

Physically, a bank card will usually have the client's name, the issuer's name, and a unique card number printed on it. It will have a magnetic strip on the back enabling various machines to read and access information. Depending on the issuing bank and the preferences of the client, this may allow the card to be used as an ATM card, enabling transactions at automatic teller machines; or as debit card, linked to the client's bank account and able to be used for making purchases at the point of sale; or as a credit card attached to a revolving credit line supplied by the bank.

The first bank cards were ATM cards issued by Barclays in London, in 1967, and by Chemical Bank in Long Island, New York, in 1969. In 1972, Lloyds Bank issued the first bank card to feature an information-encoding magnetic strip, using a personal identification number (PIN) for security.

Historically, bank cards have also served the purpose of a cheque guarantee card, a now almost defunct system to guarantee cheques at point of sale.

Bank card (disambiguation)

A Bank card is a card issued by a bank to give a client access to funds in various ways. It may also refer to:

  • Bankcard, a defunct Australian credit card scheme
  • Bankard, a credit card issuer in the Philippines
  • North American Bancard, a card transaction services provider

Usage examples of "bank card".

Like the bank refusing to honor cash-chits, the way Shepherds had paid out bonuses, and kept money outside the bank card system.

At first the callus held, but as he continued to think about the bank card, as its green began to deepen in his mind until it had become the near-black of a fir-tree seen at dusk (a color quite unlike the card's actual lime color), it gave way and blood began to flow down his hand and over his lips.

She was given a new Cow Bank card and told to return the next day for the results of DNA analysis.

Let's go rescue your bank card and send you on your way out of town.

He also found some Egyptian money, an Egyptian internal identification card, an Egyptian bank card in his assumed name, and an American Express card, also in his assumed name, that Libyan Intelligence told him would work in any American scanner.

It almost had to be someone in the house because who else would have access to the bank card and the pin number for that account?