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Imagine having a card-box that contains, for example, vocabulary. It's organized alphabetically and for every letter there's a larger card acting as a separator for words beginning with that letter.

Is there a clear, unambigous word that describes the bundle of cards behind this larger index-card? I'm thinking of section, but am unsure if it's really the best word. And maybe the professionals in that field are using a special word for this...

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    Tab Section, Section, or just Tab, the last in the sense of contents of a tab section.
    – Kris
    Dec 15 '19 at 13:10
  • You need to find a librarian old enough to remember when they used card catalogs ... and ask her what this was called then.
    – GEdgar
    Dec 15 '19 at 13:51
  • @Kris: Thanks - I'd be happy to accept this as answer if you'd post it such as such ;)
    – MBaas
    Dec 15 '19 at 15:51
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    I am such a person as @GEdgar describes (though not all librarians are female!) and I would agree that section is the best general term. Dec 15 '19 at 16:22
  • @GEdgar We still use the terminology (if metaphorically) though we have moved on to a virtual world. Data files have tabs, Browser windows have tabs, digital documents have tabs ....
    – Kris
    Dec 18 '19 at 7:15
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Tab Section, Section, or just Tab, the last in the sense of contents of a tab section.

Use Case
Loletrazina Church, How to Use a Rolodex (bizfluent):

Arrange the cards alphabetically in your file. For example, place … the cards of people and businesses that start with the letter "A" in "A" section of the Rolodex.

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