card: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (kärd), [key]
— n.
  1. a usually rectangular piece of stiff paper, thin pasteboard, or plastic for various uses, as to write information on or printed as a means of identifying the holder: a 3″ × 5″ file card; a membership card.
  2. one of a set of thin pieces of cardboard with spots, figures, etc., used in playing various games; playing card.
  3. to win at cards.
    1. a game or games played with such a set.
    2. the playing of such a game:to win at cards.
    3. Casino. the winning of 27 cards or more.
    4. Whist.tricks won in excess of six.
  4. a piece of paper or thin cardboard, usually folded, printed with a message of holiday greeting, congratulations, or other sentiment, often with an illustration or decorations, for mailing to a person on an appropriate occasion.
  5. something useful in attaining an objective, as a course of action or position of strength, comparable to a high card held in a game: If negotiation fails, we still have another card to play.
  6. postcard.
  7. See(def. 1).
    1. Seecredit card.
    2. Seebank card.
  8. a program of the events at races, boxing matches, etc.
  9. scorecard.
  10. a menu or wine list.
  11. See
    1. Seepunch card.
    2. board (def. 14a).
  12. See
  13. a queer card.
    1. a person who is amusing or facetious.
    2. any person, esp. one with some indicated characteristic:a queer card.
  14. impending or likely; probable: A reorganization is in the cards.
  15. to act cleverly, sensibly, or cautiously: If you play your cards right, you may get mentioned in her will.
  16. to be completely straightforward and open; conceal nothing: He always believed in putting his cards on the table.
  1. to provide with a card.
  2. to fasten on a card.
  3. to write, list, etc., on cards.
  4. to examine the identity card or papers of: The bartender was carding all youthful customers to be sure they were of legal drinking age.


Pronunciation: (kärd), [key]
— carding machine.
  1. to dress (wool or the like) with a card.
  2. to add extra space between lines of text, so as to fill out a page or column or give the text a better appearance.


Pronunciation: [key]
  1. Cardinal.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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