card
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /kɑːd/, [kʰɑːd]
  • (America) enPR: kärd, IPA: /kɑɹd/, [kʰɑɹd]
  • (Australia) IPA: /kaːd/, [kʰäːd]
  • (New Zealand) IPA: /kɐːd/, [kʰɐːd]
Noun

card

  1. A playing card.
  2. (in the plural) Any game using playing cards; a card game.
    He played cards with his friends.
  3. A resource or an argument, used to achieve a purpose.
    The government played the Orange card to get support for their Ireland policy.
    He accused them of playing the race card.
    • 2007, Luke McNamara, Human Rights Controversies: The Impact of Legal Form (page 138)
      Having adopted civil union as their goal, proponents of the Civil Union Bill were sensitive to the need not to overplay the human rights card, aware that there was a significant degree of resistance in the New Zealand […]
  4. Any flat, normally rectangular piece of stiff paper, plastic etc.
  5. (obsolete) A map or chart.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, II.vii:
      As pilot well expert in perilous waue, / Vpon his card and compas firmes his eye [...].
  6. (informal) An amusing or entertaining person, often slightly eccentrically so.
    • 2007, Meredith Gran, Octopus Pie #71: Deadpan ↗
      MAREK: But really the deadpan is key. You can essentially trick people into laughing at nothing.
      EVE: Oh, Marek, you card.
  7. A list of scheduled events or of performers or contestants.
    What’s on the card for tonight?
  8. (cricket) A tabular presentation of the key statistics of an innings or match: batsmen’s scores and how they were dismissed, extras, total score and bowling figures.
  9. (computing) A removable electronic device that may be inserted into a powered electronic device to provide additional capability.
    He needed to replace the card his computer used to connect to the internet.
  10. A greeting card.
    She gave her neighbors a card congratulating them on their new baby.
  11. A business card.
    The realtor gave me her card so I could call if I had any questions about buying a house.
  12. (television) Title card / Intertitle: A piece of filmed, printed text edited into the midst of the photographed action at various points, generally to convey character dialogue or descriptive narrative material related to the plot.
  13. A test card.
  14. (dated) A published note, containing a brief statement, explanation, request, expression of thanks, etc.
    to put a card in the newspapers
  15. (dated) A printed programme.
  16. (dated, figurative, by extension) An attraction or inducement.
    This will be a good card for the last day of the fair.
  17. A paper on which the points of the compass are marked; the dial or face of the mariner's compass.
    • c. 1606, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Macbeth”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene iii]:
      All the quarters that they know / I' the shipman's card.
  18. (weaving) A perforated pasteboard or sheet-metal plate for warp threads, making part of the Jacquard apparatus of a loom.
  19. An indicator card.
Translations
  • French: carte
  • Russian: ка́рта
Translations Translations Translations
  • French: agenda
  • Russian: план
Translations Verb

card (cards, present participle carding; past and past participle carded)

  1. (US) To check IDs, especially against a minimum age requirement.
    They have to card anybody who looks 21 or younger.
    I heard you don't get carded at the other liquor store.
  2. (dated) To play cards.
  3. (golf) To make (a stated score), as recorded on a scoring card.
    McIlroy carded a stellar nine-under-par 61 in the final round.
Translations Noun

card

  1. (uncountable, dated) Material with embedded short wire bristles.
  2. (dated, textiles) A comb- or brush-like device or tool to raise the nap on a fabric.
  3. (textiles) A hand-held tool formed similarly to a hairbrush but with bristles of wire or other rigid material. It is used principally with raw cotton, wool, hair, or other natural fibers to prepare these materials for spinning into yarn or thread on a spinning wheel, with a whorl or other hand-held spindle. The card serves to untangle, clean, remove debris from, and lay the fibers straight.
  4. (dated, textiles) A machine for disentangling the fibres of wool prior to spinning.
  5. A roll or sliver of fibre (as of wool) delivered from a carding machine.
Translations Verb

card (cards, present participle carding; past and past participle carded)

  1. (textiles) To use a carding device to disentangle the fibres of wool prior to spinning.
  2. To scrape or tear someone’s flesh using a metal comb, as a form of torture.
  3. (transitive) To comb with a card; to cleanse or disentangle by carding.
    to card a horse
  4. (obsolete, transitive, figuratively) To clean or clear, as if by using a card.
    • This book [must] be carded and purged.
  5. (obsolete, transitive) To mix or mingle, as with an inferior or weaker article.
Translations Noun

card (plural cards)

  1. Abbreviation of cardinal#English|cardinal. (songbird)

Card
Proper noun
  1. Surname for a carder of wool.



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