Definitions for: Card


[n] one of a set of small pieces of stiff paper marked in various ways and used for playing games or for telling fortunes; "he collected cards and traded them with the other boys"
[n] a printed circuit that can be inserted into expansion slots in a computer to increase the computer's capabilities
[n] a card certifying the identity of the bearer; "he had to show his card to get in"
[n] (baseball) a list of batters in the order in which they will bat; "the managers presented their cards to the umpire at home plate"
[n] a list of dishes available at a restaurant; "the menu was in French"
[n] a record of scores (as in golf); "you have to turn in your card to get a handicap"
[n] a rectangular piece of stiff paper used to send messages (may have printed greetings or pictures); "they sent us a card from Miami"
[n] a written greeting that is left to indicate that you have visited
[n] a sign posted in a public place as an advertisement; "a poster advertised the coming attractions"
[n] (informal) a witty amusing person who makes jokes
[n] thin cardboard, usually rectangular
[v] ask someone for identification to determine whether he or she is old enough to consume liquor; "I was carded when I tried to buy a beer!"
[v] separate the fibers of



Webster (1913) Definition: Card, n. [F. carte, fr. L. charta paper, Gr. ? a leaf of
paper. Cf. Chart.]
1. A piece of pasteboard, or thick paper, blank or prepared
for various uses; as, a playing card; a visiting card; a
card of invitation; pl. a game played with cards.

Our first cards were to Carabas House. --Thackeray.

2. A published note, containing a brief statement,
explanation, request, expression of thanks, or the like;
as, to put a card in the newspapers. Also, a printed
programme, and (fig.), an attraction or inducement; as,
this will be a good card for the last day of the fair.

3. A paper on which the points of the compass are marked; the
dial or face of the mariner's compass.

All the quartere that they know I' the shipman's
card. --Shak.

4. (Weaving) A perforated pasteboard or sheet-metal plate for
warp threads, making part of the Jacquard apparatus of a
loom. See Jacquard.

5. An indicator card. See under Indicator.

Business card, a card on which is printed an advertisement
or business address.

Card basket
(a) A basket to hold visiting cards left by callers.
(b) A basket made of cardboard.

Card catalogue. See Catalogue.

Card rack, a rack or frame for holding and displaying
business or visiting card.

Card table, a table for use inplaying cards, esp. one
having a leaf which folds over.

On the cards, likely to happen; foretold and expected but
not yet brought to pass; -- a phrase of fortune tellers
that has come into common use; also, according to the
programme.

Playing card, cards used in playing games; specifically,
the cards cards used playing which and other games of
chance, and having each pack divided onto four kinds or
suits called hearts, diamonds, clubs, and spades. The full
or whist pack contains fifty-two cards.

To have the cards in one's own hands, to have the winning
cards; to have the means of success in an undertaking.

To play one's cards well, to make no errors; to act
shrewdly.

To play snow one's cards, to expose one's plants to rivals
or foes.

To speak by the card, to speak from information and
definitely, not by guess as in telling a ship's bearing by
the compass card.

Visiting card, a small card bearing the name, and sometimes
the address, of the person presenting it.


Card, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Carded; p. pr. & vb. n.
Carding.]
To play at cards; to game. --Johnson.


Card, n. [F. carde teasel, the head of a thistle, card,
from L. carduus, cardus, thistle, fr. carere to card.]
1. An instrument for disentangling and arranging the fibers
of cotton, wool, flax, etc.; or for cleaning and smoothing
the hair of animals; -- usually consisting of bent wire
teeth set closely in rows in a thick piece of leather
fastened to a back.

2. A roll or sliver of fiber (as of wool) delivered from a
carding machine.

Card clothing, strips of wire-toothed card used for
covering the cylinders of carding machines.


Card, v. t.
1. To comb with a card; to cleanse or disentangle by carding;
as, to card wool; to card a horse.

These card the short comb the longer flakes. --Dyer.

2. To clean or clear, as if by using a card. [Obs.]

This book [must] be carded and purged. --T. Shelton.

3. To mix or mingle, as with an inferior or weaker article.
[Obs.]

You card your beer, if you guests being to be drunk.
-- half small, half strong. --Greene.

Note: In the manufacture of wool, cotton, etc., the process
of carding disentangles and collects together all the
fibers, of whatever length, and thus differs from
combing, in which the longer fibers only are collected,
while the short straple is combed away. See Combing.

Synonyms: batting order, bill of fare, board, calling card, carte, carte du jour, circuit board, circuit card, identity card, lineup, menu, notice, placard, poster, posting, scorecard, tease, visiting card, wag, wit

See Also: a la carte, ascertain, assure, bill, book, borrower's card, business card, cardboard, certificate, certification, check, cleanup, cleanup position, cleanup spot, composition board, control, correspondence, CPU board, credential, credentials, ensure, flash card, flashcard, get-well card, greeting, greeting card, Hollerith card, humorist, humourist, insure, library card, mailing-card, membership card, mother board, paper, PC board, playing card, postal card, postcard, printed circuit, prix fixe, punch card, punched card, ration card, record, recordbook, roll, roster, salutation, see, see to it, separate, show bill, show card, sign, spiritual bouquet, sympathy card, table d'hote, theatrical poster, timecard, trading card

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