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Meaning of card by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • ( UK ) IPA: /kɑː( ɹ )d/, X-SAMPA: /kA:( r\ )d/
    • ( US ) IPA: /kɑːɹd/, X-SAMPA: /kA:r\d/
    • Rhymes: -ɑː( ɹ )d

    Etymology 1

    From Middle English carde ( “playing card” ), from Old French carte, from Latin charta, from Ancient Greek χάρτης ( chartēs, “paper, papyrus” ) .


    card ( countable and uncountable; plural: cards )

    1. A playing card .
    2. ( in the plural: ) Any game using playing cards; a card game .
      He played cards with his friends .
    3. A resource or an argument, used to a achieve a purpose .
      The government played the Orange card to get support for their Ireland policy .
      He accused them of playing the race card .
    4. Any flat, normally rectangular piece of stiff paper, plastic etc .
    5. ( obsolete ) A map or chart.
    6. ( informal ) An amusing but slightly foolish person.
    7. A list of scheduled events or of performers or contestants .
      What’s on the card for tonight?
    8. ( cricket ) A tabular presentation of the key statistics of an innings or match: batsmen’s scores and how they were dismissed, extras, total score and bowling figures .
    9. ( computing ) A removable electronic device that may be inserted into a powered electronic device to provide additional capability .
      He needed to replace the card his computer used to connect to the internet .
    10. A greeting card .
      She gave her neighbors a card congratulating them on their new baby .
    11. A business card .
      The realtor gave me her card so I could call if I had any questions about buying a house .
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    Etymology 2

    From Old French carde, from Old Provençal carda, deverbal from cardar, from Late Latin *carito, from Latin carrere ( “to comb with a card” ), from Proto-Indo-European *ker, *sker ( “to cut” ) .


    card ( countable and uncountable; plural: cards )

    1. ( uncountable, dated ) Material with embedded short wire bristles .
    2. ( dated, textiles ) A comb- or brush-like device or tool to raise the nap on a fabric .
    3. ( textiles ) A hand-held tool formed similarly to a hairbrush but with bristles of wire or other rigid material. It is used principally with raw cotton, wool, hair, or other natural fibers to prepare these materials for spinning into yarn or thread on a spinning wheel, with a whorl or other hand-held spindle. The card serves to untangle, clean, remove debris from, and lay the fibers straight .
    4. ( dated, textiles ) A machine for disentangling the fibres of wool prior to spinning .

Explanation of card by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. ask someone for identification to determine whether he or she is old enough to consume liquor

    2. I was carded when I tried to buy a beer!
    3. separate the fibers of

    1. one of a set of small pieces of stiff paper marked in various ways and used for playing games or for telling fortunes

    2. he collected cards and traded them with the other boys
    3. a printed circuit that can be inserted into expansion slots in a computer to increase the computer's capabilities

    4. a card certifying the identity of the bearer

    5. he had to show his card to get in
    6. a list of batters in the order in which they will bat

    7. the managers presented their cards to the umpire at home plate
    8. a list of dishes available at a restaurant

    9. a record of scores ( as in golf )

    10. you have to turn in your card to get a handicap
    11. a rectangular piece of stiff paper used to send messages ( may have printed greetings or pictures )

    12. they sent us a card from Miami
    13. a printed or written greeting that is left to indicate that you have visited

    14. a sign posted in a public place as an advertisement

    15. a witty amusing person who makes jokes

    16. thin cardboard, usually rectangular

    Definition of card by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Card ( kärd ), n. [F. carte, fr. L. charta paper, Gr. a leaf of paper. Cf. Chart.]
      1. A piece of pasteboard, or thick paper, blank or prepared for various uses; as, “a playing card; a visiting card; a card of invitation”; pl. a game played with cards.

      Our first cards were to Carabas House. Thackeray.

      2. A published note, containing a brief statement, explanation, request, expression of thanks, or the like; as, “to put a card in the newspapers”. Also, a printed programme, and ( fig. ), an attraction or inducement; as, “this will be a good card for the last day of the fair”.

      3. A paper on which the points of the compass are marked; the dial or face of the mariner's compass.

      All the quartere that they know

      I' the shipman's card. Shak.

      4. ( Weaving ) A perforated pasteboard or sheet-metal plate for warp threads, making part of the Jacquard apparatus of a loom. See Jacquard.

      5. An indicator card. See under Indicator.

      Business card, a card on which is printed an advertisement or business address. -- Card basket A basket to hold visiting cards left by callers. A basket made of cardboard. -- Card catalogue. See Catalogue. -- Card rack, a rack or frame for holding and displaying business or visiting card. -- Card table, a table for use inplaying cards, esp. one having a leaf which folds over. -- On the cards, likely to happen; foretold and expected but not yet brought to pass; -- a phrase of fortune tellers that has come into common use; also, according to the programme. -- Playing card, cards used in playing games; specifically, the cards cards used playing which and other games of chance, and having each pack divided onto four kinds or suits called hearts, diamonds, clubs, and spades. The full or whist pack contains fifty-two cards. -- To have the cards in one's own hands, to have the winning cards; to have the means of success in an undertaking. -- To play one's cards well, to make no errors; to act shrewdly.
      -- To play snow one's cards, to expose one's plants to rivals or foes. -- To speak by the card, to speak from information and definitely, not by guess as in telling a ship's bearing by the compass card. -- Visiting card, a small card bearing the name, and sometimes the address, of the person presenting it.

    2. Card, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Carded; p. pr. & vb. n. Carding.] To play at cards; to game. Johnson.

    3. Card, n. [F. carde teasel, the head of a thistle, card, from L. carduus, cardus, thistle, fr. carere to card.]

      1. An instrument for disentangling and arranging the fibers of cotton, wool, flax, etc.; or for cleaning and smoothing the hair of animals; -- usually consisting of bent wire teeth set closely in rows in a thick piece of leather fastened to a back.

      2. A roll or sliver of fiber ( as of wool ) delivered from a carding machine.

      Card clothing, strips of wire-toothed card used for covering the cylinders of carding machines.

    4. Card v. t.
      1. To comb with a card; to cleanse or disentangle by carding; as, “to card wool; to card a horse”.

      These card the short comb the longer flakes. Dyer.

      2. To clean or clear, as if by using a card. [Obs.]

      This book [must] be carded and purged. T. Shelton.

      3. To mix or mingle, as with an inferior or weaker article. [Obs.]

      You card your beer, if you guests being to be drunk. -- half small, half strong. Greene.

      ☞ In the manufacture of wool, cotton, etc., the process of carding disentangles and collects together all the fibers, of whatever length, and thus differs from combing, in which the longer fibers only are collected, while the short straple is combed away. See Combing.