card

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noun (1)

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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
: greeting card
a birthday card
b
: a flat stiff usually small and rectangular piece of material (such as paper, cardboard, or plastic) usually bearing information: such as
(1)
(2)
(4)
: one bearing a picture (as of a baseball player) on one side and usually statistical data on the other
(5)
: one on which computer information is stored (as in the form of punched holes or magnetic encoding)
(6)
: one bearing electronic circuit components for insertion into a larger electronic device (such as a computer)
c
: program
especially : a sports program
three fights on the card
d(1)
: a wine list
(2)
: menu
5
informal + old-fashioned : a usually clownishly amusing person : wag
He's such a card!
6

card

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verb (1)

carded; carding; cards

transitive verb

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

card

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verb (2)

carded; carding; cards

transitive verb

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

card

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noun (2)

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

card

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abbreviation

Phrases
in the cards or less commonly on the cards
: inevitable
success just wasn't in the cards for her

Examples of card in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
The bar-calming days likely are behind Knapp, who carded three rounds in the 60s to find himself in the hunt at the finish line. Bryce Miller, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Jan. 2024 Coulter Parsons led North Harford with a 37, Cooper Honig shot a 41, Lucas Parks carded a 42, Greg Sebring fired a 43 and Mason Wedge added a 47. Baltimore Sun Staff, Baltimore Sun, 30 Aug. 2023 The Canadian then carded a 5-under 67 in the final round for a 24 under to force a playoff with Rickie Fowler and Collin Morikawa. Alexis Cubit, The Courier-Journal, 9 July 2023 Palisades High junior Anna Song, another captain’s pick, was unable to card any points. Steve Galluzzo, Los Angeles Times, 19 Sep. 2023 Golden carded a 2-under-par 33 Wednesday and Erick fired a 2-under-par 34 Thursday to lead the Harbormen to back-to-back Patriot League wins against Marshfield and Plymouth North. Khalin Kapoor, BostonGlobe.com, 9 Sep. 2023 On Mother's Day this year, the reality TV star's daughter Chicago, 5, hilariously called out her mom in he card for having a personal chef. Hannah Sacks, Peoplemag, 18 July 2023 Also, Andrew Lawson carded a 45 and Nick Willoughby shot a 46. Baltimore Sun Staff, Baltimore Sun, 18 Sep. 2023 Blackstone Valley 146, Monty Tech 161 — Connor Griffin carded a 3-under par 32 for the Beavers in the Colonial Athletic League win. Braintree 99, Weymouth 81 — Peter Brooks shot a 1-under 35 for the Wamps in the Bay State Conference win at Weathervane Golf Club. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 6 Sep. 2023
Noun
New York Yankees The Yankees have two veteran corner infielders under contract and would be very happy if D.J. LeMahieu and Anthony Rizzo played to the backs of their baseball cards. Daniel R. Epstein, Forbes, 16 Feb. 2024 Cover today’s East and South cards and defend as West. Frank Stewart, The Mercury News, 16 Feb. 2024 Kidding Around While playing cards at an English tavern in 1735, Henry and John Trotter bet the child of James and Elizabeth Leesh against a four-shilling wager. Chris Carra, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 Feb. 2024 As the pictures continued, there was one of a Valentine’s Day card to Gomez, signed with the initials JL — seemingly short for Maluma’s birth name, Juan Luis Londoño Arias. Angel Saunders, Peoplemag, 15 Feb. 2024 As for Rita, she’s kept every card and gift that her husband has gotten for her over the years, serving as a tribute to their endurance in love. Shelby Stewart, Essence, 15 Feb. 2024 The card issuer has opened the doors to its newest Centurion Lounge — the largest ever — at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Chris Dong, Travel + Leisure, 14 Feb. 2024 In each of the past two years, nearly half of U.S. spending on Valentine’s Day flowers, candy and cards occurred between Feb. 11 and Feb. 14, according to Numerator, a market research company. Dee-Ann Durbin, Fortune, 14 Feb. 2024 As such, a late-game push like the two that lifted the Niners to the Super Bowl is likely not in the cards for a third straight game. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, 3 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

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

Noun (2)

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

First Known Use

Noun (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (1)

1861, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Verb (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of card was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Card.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/card. Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

card

1 of 4 verb
: to clean and untangle fibers by combing with a card before spinning
carder noun

card

2 of 4 noun
: an instrument usually having bent wire teeth for combing fibers (as wool or cotton)

card

3 of 4 noun
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2
plural
a
: a game played with cards
b
: card playing
3
: an amusing person : wag
4
: a flat stiff usually small and rectangular piece of paper, thin cardboard, or plastic: as
a
b
: such a card on which computer information is stored
5
: a sports program
6
: a removable circuit board (as in a personal computer)

card

4 of 4 verb
1
: to provide with a card
2
: to ask for identification
Etymology

Noun

Middle English carde "instrument for combing fibers," from Latin cardus, carduus "instrument for combing fibers, thistle," from earlier Latin carduus "thistle"

Noun

Middle English carde "playing card," from early French carte (same meaning), probably from early Italian carta, literally, "leaf of paper," from Latin charta "piece of papyrus" — related to carton, cartoon, chart

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