card

1
[kahrd]

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]

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

noun

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, etclibrary card; identity card; visiting card
such a card used for sending greetings, messages, or invitations, often bearing an illustration, printed greetings, etcChristmas 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
  1. short for playing card
  2. (as modifier)a card game
  3. (in combination)cardsharp
informal a witty, entertaining, or eccentric person
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 cardSee printed circuit board
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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