carding

[ kahr-ding ]
/ ˈkɑr dɪŋ /

noun

the process in which fibers, as cotton, worsted, or wool, are manipulated into sliver form prior to spinning.

Origin of carding

1425–75; late Middle English. See card2, -ing1

Definition for carding (2 of 3)

card

1
[ kahrd ]
/ kɑrd /

noun


verb (used with object)

Origin of card

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

Definition for carding (3 of 3)

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 forms

card·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for carding (1 of 3)

carding

/ (ˈkɑːdɪŋ) /

noun

the process of preparing the fibres of cotton, wool, etc, for spinning

British Dictionary definitions for carding (2 of 3)

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

British Dictionary definitions for carding (3 of 3)

card

2
/ (kɑːd) /

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 Forms

carding, nouncarder, noun

Word Origin for card

C15: from Old French carde card, teasel, from Latin carduus thistle
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Idioms and Phrases with carding

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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