- The definition of card is something relating to playing with a deck.
An example of card used as an adjective is the phrase "card game," which means a game played using a playing deck.
- Card is defined as a flat, stiff thick piece of paper, often used to express a greeting, play a game or prove identification, or a wire brush or machine used to raise nap on a cloth.
- An example of a card is a holiday greeting send through the mail.
- An example of a card is the king of hearts.
- An example of a card is a driver's license or a credit card.
- An example of a card is a tool to raise nap on wool.
- Card means to raise nap on fibers or is slang for asking a young person for identification to prove they are of legal age to drink.
- An example of card is to raise nap on wool.
- An example of card is to ask a young man for his driver's license when he is buying beer.
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- a flat, stiff piece of thick paper or thin pasteboard, usually rectangular, as
- any of a pack of small, specially marked cards used in playing various games; specif., any of a pack of playing cards
- compass card
- ☆ a pasteboard with a number of small articles attached for sale: a card of thumbtacks
- calling card
- a card identifying a person as an agent, member, patron, etc.
- credit card
- an illustrated or decorated card bearing a message or greeting for some occasion: a birthday card
- a card to advertise or announce an event, product, etc.: a window card
- any of a series of cards on which information is recorded: file card, index card
- ☆ score card (sense )
- ☆ a series of contests making up a program, esp. in boxing
- an event or attraction as described in a printed program: drawing card
- a punch card or a card with a strip encoded magnetically
- a printed circuit board that plugs into a main circuit board
- Informal a witty, comical, or clowning person
- Informal a diplomatic maneuver or a force or resource that can be used to help achieve a goal
Origin: Middle English carde ; from Old French carte ; from Midieval Latin carta, card, paper ; from Classical Latin charta, leaf of paper, tablet ; from Classical Greek chartēs, layer of papyrus; probably ; from Egyptian
- to provide with a card
- to put on a card
- to list on cards for filing, cataloging, etc.
- to make as a score in golf
- Slang to ask (a young person) for identification, as an ID card, as to establish proof of legal age to drink alcohol
- a wire brush for raising the nap on cloth
- a machine with rollers covered with metal spikes, used to brush, clean, and disentangle the short fibers of wool, cotton, flax, etc.
- a hand-held implement for this, with short, fine spikes set in leather with a stiff backing
Origin: Middle English and amp; Old French carde ; from Old ProvenÃ§al carda ; from cardar, to card ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form caritare ; from Classical Latin carrere, to card ; from Indo-European base an unverified form kars-, to scrape; spelling, spelled influenced, influence by associated, association with Midieval Latin cardus, a card, thistle ; from Classical Latin carduus, thistle, of same origin, originally
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- A flat, usually rectangular piece of stiff paper, cardboard, or plastic, especially:a. One of a set or pack bearing significant numbers, symbols, or figures, used in games and in divination.b. A greeting card.c. A post card.d. One bearing a person's name and other information, used for purposes of identification or classification.e. One bearing the image and often the statistics of a sports figure.f. A business card.g. A credit card.h. A magnetic card.i. One used for recording information in a file: an index card; a recipe card.
- cards (used with a sing. or pl. verb) Games a. A game played with cards.b. The playing of games with cards.
- A program, especially for a sports event.
- a. A menu, as in a restaurant.b. A wine list.
- Computer Science a. A circuit board, especially for use in a computer.b. A punch card.
- A compass card.
- Informal An eccentrically amusing person.
- a. Something, such as an advantageous circumstance or tactical maneuver, that can be used to help gain an objective. Often used with play: “[He believed that] Soviet Russia … had far more Iranian cards to play than the United States” (Theodore Draper).b. An appeal to a specified issue or argument, usually one involving strong emotions. Often used with play: “His exposure as a racist … allowed the defense to play the race card” (New York Times).
- To furnish with or attach to a card.
- To list (something) on a card; catalog.
- To check the identification of, especially in order to verify legal age.
- Sports To warn or eject (a soccer player who has committed a flagrant foul) by showing a yellow card or a red card.
Origin: Middle English carde, from Old French carte, from Latin charta, paper made from papyrus, from Greek khartēs.
- A wire-toothed brush or a machine fitted with rows of wire teeth, used to disentangle fibers, as of wool, prior to spinning.
- A device used to raise the nap on a fabric.
Origin: Middle English carde, from Medieval Latin cardus, from Latin carduus, thistle.
- cardˈer noun
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card - Phrases/Idioms
card up one's sleeve
in the cardsâ
put one's cards on the tableor lay one's cards on the table
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card up (one's) sleeve
in the cards