American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A bankcard used to make an electronic withdrawal from funds on deposit in a bank, as in purchasing goods or obtaining cash advances.
- n. A card much like a credit card, but which takes money directly from the bank account, rather than borrowing the money from the issuer of the card.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. a small usually plastic card with a magnetic coded number, similar to a credit card, which is used to pay for purchases by the electronic deduction of a sum of money (a debit) directly from the card-holder's bank account. Such cards do not require the establishment of a credit line, and such transactions do not incur any interest payments.
- n. a card (usually plastic) that enables the holder to withdraw money or to have the cost of purchases charged directly to the holder's bank account
“The debit card is a plastic check that has the universal acceptance of a credit card but no end-of-the-month bill.”
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