Card definition

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A flat, usually rectangular piece of stiff paper, cardboard, or plastic, especially:
  • One of a set or pack bearing significant numbers, symbols, or figures, used in games and in divination.
  • A greeting card.
  • A postcard.
  • One bearing a person's name and other information, used for purposes of identification or classification.
  • One bearing the image and often the statistics of a sports figure.
  • A business card.
  • A credit card.
  • A magnetic card.
  • One used for recording information in a file.
    An index card; a recipe card.
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A program, especially for a sports event.
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A series of contests making up a program, esp. in boxing.
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To provide with a card.
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Of or involving playing cards.

A card trick.

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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.

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A compass card.
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(sports) To warn or eject (a soccer player who has committed a flagrant foul) by showing a yellow card or a red card.
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The playing of games with cards.
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A printed circuit board that plugs into a slot on a computer's motherboard or into a port on the outside of a device, and performs a particular function, such as data storage or converting and processing signals for communication with other devices.
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A punch card.
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Something, such as an advantageous circumstance or tactical maneuver, that can be used to help gain an objective. Often used with play:
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An appeal to a specified issue or argument, usually one involving strong emotions. Often used with play:
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To furnish with or attach to a card.
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To list (something) on a card; catalog.
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To check the identification of, especially in order to verify legal age.
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A wire-toothed brush or a machine fitted with rows of wire teeth, used to straighten and separate fibers, as of wool, prior to spinning.
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A device used to raise the nap on a fabric.
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To comb out or brush with a card.
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Cardinal.
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A flat, stiff piece of thick paper or thin pasteboard, usually rectangular.
  • Any of a pack of small, specially marked cards used in playing various games; specif., any of a pack of.
  • A pasteboard with a number of small articles attached for sale.
    A card of thumbtacks.
  • A card identifying a person as an agent, member, patron, etc.
  • An illustrated or decorated card, typically folded and bearing a message or greeting for some occasion; greeting card.
    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, trading card.
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An event or attraction as described in a printed program.

Drawing card.

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A or a card with a strip encoded magnetically.
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A printed circuit board that plugs into a main circuit board.
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A force or resource that can be employed to help achieve a goal.
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A diplomatic or strategic maneuver, esp. one regarded as insincerely or cynically exploiting a (given) issue.

A politician known for playing the race card.

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To put on a card.
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To list on cards for filing, cataloging, etc.
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To make as a score in golf.
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(slang) To ask (a young person) for identification, as an ID card, as to establish proof of legal age to drink alcohol.
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A wire brush for raising the nap on cloth.
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A machine with rollers covered with metal spikes, used to brush, clean, and disentangle the short fibers of wool, cotton, flax, etc.
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A hand-held implement for this, with short, fine spikes set in leather with a stiff backing.
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To use a card on (fibers) in preparation for spinning.
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A playing card.
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(in the plural) Any game using playing cards; a card game.

He played cards with his friends.

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A resource or an argument, used to achieve a purpose.

The government played the Orange card to get support for their Ireland policy.

He accused them of playing the race card.

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Any flat, normally rectangular piece of stiff paper, plastic etc.
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(informal) An amusing but slightly foolish person.
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A list of scheduled events or of performers or contestants.

What’s on the card for tonight?

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(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.
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(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.

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A greeting card.

She gave her neighbors a card congratulating them on their new baby.

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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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(television)

Title card.

Test card.

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(dated) A published note, containing a brief statement, explanation, request, expression of thanks, etc.

To put a card in the newspapers.

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(dated) A printed programme.
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(dated, figuratively, by extension) An attraction or inducement.

This will be a good card for the last day of the fair.

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A paper on which the points of the compass are marked; the dial or face of the mariner's compass.
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(weaving) A perforated pasteboard or sheet-metal plate for warp threads, making part of the Jacquard apparatus of a loom.
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An indicator card.
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To check IDs, especially against a minimum age requirement.

They have to card anybody who looks 21 or younger.

I heard you don't get carded at the other liquor store.

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(dated) To play cards.

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(uncountable, dated) Material with embedded short wire bristles.
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(dated, textiles) A comb- or brush-like device or tool to raise the nap on a fabric.
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(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.
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(dated, textiles) A machine for disentangling the fibres of wool prior to spinning.
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A roll or sliver of fibre (as of wool) delivered from a carding machine.
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(textiles) To use a carding device to disentangle the fibres of wool prior to spinning.
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To scrape or tear someone’s flesh using a metal comb, as a form of torture.
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To comb with a card; to cleanse or disentangle by carding.

To card a horse.

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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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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.

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(informal) An eccentrically amusing person.
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A game played with cards.
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A menu, as in a restaurant.
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A wine list.
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(informal) A witty, comical, or clowning person.
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card up (one's) sleeve
  • A secret resource or plan held in reserve:
    A tough negotiator who had a number of cards up his sleeve.
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in the cards
  • Likely or certain to happen:
    My promotion to a higher position just isn't in the cards.
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put
  • To make frank and clear revelation, as of one's motives or intentions.
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card up one's sleeve
  • a plan or resource kept secret or held in reserve
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in the cards
  • likely or seemingly destined to happen
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put one's cards on the table
  • to reveal frankly one's intentions, schemes, resources, etc.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
card
Plural:
cards

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

card up (one's) sleeve
card up one's sleeve

Origin of card

  • Middle English carde from Old French carte from Latin charta paper made from papyrus from Greek khartēs

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English carde from Medieval Latin cardus from Latin carduus thistle

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary

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

    From Wiktionary