a usually rectangular piece of stiff paper, thin pasteboard, or plastic for various uses, as to write information on or printed as a means of identifying the holder: a 3″ × 5″ file card; a membership card.
one of a set of thin pieces of cardboard with spots, figures, etc., used in playing various games; playing card.
cards, (usually used with a singular verb)
a game or games played with such a set.
the playing of such a game:to win at cards.
Casino. the winning of 27 cards or more.
Whist. tricks won in excess of six.
Also called greeting card . a piece of paper or thin cardboard, usually folded, printed with a message of holiday greeting, congratulations, or other sentiment, often with an illustration or decorations, for mailing to a person on an appropriate occasion.
something useful in attaining an objective, as a course of action or position of strength, comparable to a high card held in a game: If negotiation fails, we still have another card to play.
a specified topic that elicits strong reactions, brought up as part of a strategic move to gain an advantage: She was accused of playing the gender card when her male boss passed her over for promotion.He pulled the race card by branding his Muslim opponent as radical.
a program of the events at races, boxing matches, etc.
a menu or wine list.
a person who is amusing or facetious.
any person, especially one with some indicated characteristic: a queer card.
to provide with a card.
to fasten on a card.
to write, list, etc., on cards.
Slang. to examine the identity card or papers of: The bartender was carding all youthful customers to be sure they were of legal drinking age.
Idioms about card
in / on the cards, impending or likely; probable: A reorganization is in the cards.
play one's cards right, to act cleverly, sensibly, or cautiously: If you play your cards right, you may get mentioned in her will.
put one's cards on the table, to be completely straightforward and open; conceal nothing: He always believed in putting his cards on the table.
Other definitions for card (2 of 3)
a machine for combing and paralleling fibers of cotton, flax, wool, etc., prior to spinning to remove short, undesirable fibers and produce a sliver.
a similar implement for raising the nap on cloth.
to dress (wool or the like) with a card.
- carder, noun
Other definitions for Card. (3 of 3)
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How to use card in a sentence
The process worked, but even those developing the theory suspected it might be a house of cards resting on a tortured mathematical trick.How Mathematical ‘Hocus-Pocus’ Saved Particle Physics | Charlie Wood | September 17, 2020 | Quanta Magazine
The millennial money-mover has since evolved into a full-blown banking service that offers direct deposit, debit cards and more.
They enable Local Inventory Ads, the nearby filter and local stores cards discussed here, and the less-well-known “see what’s in store” feature of GMB profile pages.Google boosting visibility of ‘nearby’ product inventory with new Shopping features | Greg Sterling | September 16, 2020 | Search Engine Land
The private company’s sites, which does not disclose its revenues, have become a must-buy for banks and credit card companies looking to do affiliate marketing, media buyers say.‘Helping people discover information’: How Red Ventures grew into a giant | Max Willens | September 16, 2020 | Digiday
Mokgathi also told the Blade that Princess Marina Hospital agreed to use gender-neutral medical cards for their patients.Botswana group works to improve health care for trans, intersex people | Michael K. Lavers | September 14, 2020 | Washington Blade
That could include private financial or personal information—like the credit-card numbers you used to pay for the corrupted Wi-Fi.How ‘Ethical’ Hotel Chain Marriott Gouges Guests in the Name of Wi-Fi Security | Kyle Chayka | December 31, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The screenwriting was one last card Brinsley was trying to play after every other trade he tried had turned to zeroes.
“Our hearts and our prayers are with you,” read a message on the accompanying card.'Please Don't Die!': The Frantic Battle to Save Murdered Cops | Michael Daly | December 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Then the gift card is shopped online in a gray market to collect cold currency.The Insane $11 Billion Scam at Retailers’ Return Desks | M.L. Nestel | December 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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The card table profitably occupies some six to eight hours daily of these old fellows' attention.
In most club card-rooms smoking is not permitted, but at the Pandemonium it is the fashion to smoke everywhere.
He showed his wisdom in giving the Pandemonium card-room a very wide berth for the rest of his days.
He has drawn a knave and a six; he takes another card; this turns out to be an ace.
Her black eyelashes were long, and under their protecting shadow she swept a glance at the card above the young man's plate.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
British Dictionary definitions for card (1 of 3)
a piece of stiff paper or thin cardboard, usually rectangular, with varied uses, as for filing information in an index, bearing a written notice for display, entering scores in a game, etc
such a card used for identification, reference, proof of membership, etc: library card; identity card; visiting card
such a card used for sending greetings, messages, or invitations, often bearing an illustration, printed greetings, etc: Christmas card; birthday card
one of a set of small pieces of cardboard, variously marked with significant figures, symbols, etc, used for playing games or for fortune-telling
short for playing card
(as modifier): a card game
(in combination): cardsharp
informal a witty, entertaining, or eccentric person
See compass card
Also called: race card horse racing a daily programme of all the races at a meeting, listing the runners, riders, weights to be carried, distances to be run, and conditions of each race
a thing or action used in order to gain an advantage, esp one that is concealed and kept in reserve until needed (esp in the phrase a card up one's sleeve)
short for printed circuit card: See printed circuit board
- See also cards
British Dictionary definitions for card (2 of 3)
(tr) to comb out and clean fibres of wool or cotton before spinning
(formerly) a machine or comblike tool for carding fabrics or for raising the nap on cloth
- carding, noun
- carder, noun
British Dictionary definitions for Card. (3 of 3)
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Other Idioms and Phrases with card
In addition to the idioms beginning with card
- card in
- cards are stacked against
- card up one's sleeve
- hold all the aces (the trump card)
- house of cards
- in the cards
- lay one's cards on the table
- play one's cards close to one's chest
play one's cards righttrump cardwild card.
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