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card

verb \ ˈkärd \

Definition of card

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

carder

noun

First Known Use of card

14th century

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card

noun

Definition of card

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 : an implement for raising a nap on cloth

Origin and Etymology of card

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


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card

noun

Definition of card

2 cards plural in form but singular or plural in construction
a : a game played with cards
b : card playing
3 a : something (such 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 (such as winning a political campaign)
  • played the race card
4 : a usually clownishly amusing person : wag
  • he's such a card
6 a : a flat stiff usually small and rectangular piece of material (such as paper, cardboard, or plastic) usually bearing information: such as
(1) : postcard
(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 (such 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 or less commonly on the cards
: inevitable
  • success just wasn't in the cards for her

Origin and Etymology of card

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


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card

verb

Definition of card

transitive verb
1 : to place or fasten on or by means of a card
2 : to provide with a card
3 : to list or record on a card
4 : score
  • a golfer carding a 75
5 : to ask for identification (as in a bar)
  • we all got carded

First Known Use of card

1884


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card

abbreviation

Definition of card


CARD Defined for Kids

card

noun \ ˈkärd \

Definition of card for Students

1 : a decorated piece of thick paper that contains a greeting or is used to write a message
  • birthday card
  • note card
2 : a thick stiff piece of paper or plastic that contains information about a person or business
  • I lost my library card.
4 cards plural : a game played with playing cards
5 trading card
  • baseball cards
7 : a thin hard board that has small electronic devices on it and that can be added to a computer to make the computer perform different tasks
  • a video card


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