card

1
[ kahrd ]
/ kɑrd /

noun

verb (used with object)


Nearby words

  1. carcinomatous,
  2. carcinomatous myopathy,
  3. carcinophobia,
  4. carcinosarcoma,
  5. carcinosis,
  6. card catalog,
  7. card catalogue,
  8. card clothing,
  9. card counter,
  10. card file

Idioms

Origin of card

1
1350–1400; Middle English carde, unexplained variant of carte

card

2
[ kahrd ]
/ kɑrd /

noun Also called carding machine.

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.

verb (used with object)

to dress (wool or the like) with a card.

Origin of card

2
1325–75; Middle English carde < Middle French: literally, teasel head < Late Latin cardus thistle, variant of Latin carduus

Related formscard·er, noun

Card.

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British Dictionary definitions for card

card

1
/ (kɑːd) /

noun

See also cards

Word Origin for card

C15: from Old French carte, from Latin charta leaf of papyrus, from Greek khartēs, probably of Egyptian origin

verb

(tr) to comb out and clean fibres of wool or cotton before spinning

noun

(formerly) a machine or comblike tool for carding fabrics or for raising the nap on cloth
Derived Formscarding, nouncarder, noun

Word Origin for card

C15: from Old French carde card, teasel, from Latin carduus thistle

Card.

abbreviation for

Cardinal
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Word Origin and History for card
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with card

card

In addition to the idioms beginning with card

  • card in
  • cards are stacked against
  • card up one's sleeve

also see:

  • 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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