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card

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verb \ˈkärd\

Definition of card

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to cleanse, disentangle, and collect together (as fibers) by the use of cards preparatory to spinning

card·er noun


14th Century

First Known Use of card

14th century

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card

noun

Definition of card

  1. 1 :  an instrument or machine for carding fibers that consists usually of bent wire teeth set closely in rows in a thick piece of leather fastened to a back

  2. 2 :  an implement for raising a nap on cloth



Origin of card

Middle English carde, from Medieval Latin cardus, carduus, thistle, carding instrument, from Latin carduus thistle — more at chard


First Known Use: 15th century


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card

noun

Definition of card

  1. 1 :  playing card

  2. 2 plural but sing or plural in constr a :  a game played with cards b :  card playing

  3. 3 a :  something (as an advantage) compared to a valuable playing card in one's hand <holding all the cards in negotiations> b :  an issue especially with emotional appeal that is brought into play to achieve a desired end (as winning a political campaign) <played the race card>

  4. 4 :  a usually clownishly amusing person :  wag <he's such a card>

  5. 5 :  compass card

  6. 6 a :  a flat stiff usually small and rectangular piece of material (as paper, cardboard, or plastic) usually bearing information: as (1) :  postcard (2) :  visiting card (3) :  business card (4) :  credit card (5) :  one bearing a picture (as of a baseball player) on one side and usually statistical data on the other (6) :  one on which computer information is stored (as in the form of punched holes or magnetic encoding) (7) :  one bearing electronic circuit components for insertion into a larger electronic device (as a computer) b :  program; especially :  a sports program <three fights on the card> c (1) :  a wine list (2) :  menu d :  greeting card <a birthday card>

in the cards also on the cards
  1. :  inevitable <success just wasn't in the cards for her>



Origin of card

Middle English carde, from Anglo-French, alteration of Middle French carte, probably from Old Italian carta, literally, leaf of paper, from Latin charta leaf of papyrus, from Greek chartēs


First Known Use: 15th century


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card

verb

Definition of card

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to place or fasten on or by means of a card

  3. 2 :  to provide with a card

  4. 3 :  to list or record on a card

  5. 4 :  score <a golfer carding a 75>

  6. 5 :  to ask for identification (as in a bar) <we all got carded>



1884

First Known Use of card

1884


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card

abbreviation

Definition of card






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