transitive verb \ˈkärd\

Definition of CARD

:  to cleanse, disentangle, and collect together (as fibers) by the use of cards preparatory to spinning
card·er noun

First Known Use of CARD

14th century

Other Textiles Terms

batt, bias, brocade, duck, flock, lawn, toile

Rhymes with CARD



Definition of CARD

:  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
:  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



Definition of CARD

plural but sing or plural in constr
a :  a game played with cards
b :  card playing
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>
:  a usually clownishly amusing person :  wag <he's such a card>
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
:  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

Other Game Terms

bezique, carom, convention, crap, euchre, gambit, monte, parlay, tierce


transitive verb

Definition of CARD

:  to place or fasten on or by means of a card
:  to provide with a card
:  to list or record on a card
:  score <a golfer carding a 75>
:  to ask for identification (as in a bar) <we all got carded>

First Known Use of CARD




Definition of CARD


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