Meaning of CARD in English


card 1

/kahrd/ , 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. cards , ( usually used with a sing. v. )

a. a game or games played with such a set.

b. the playing of such a game: to win at cards.

c. Casino. the winning of 27 cards or more.

d. Whist. tricks won in excess of six.

4. Also called greeting card . 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 calling card (def. 1).

8. Com.

a. See credit card .

b. See bank card .

9. a program of the events at races, boxing matches, etc.

10. scorecard.

11. a menu or wine list.

12. See compass card .

13. Computers.

a. See punch card .

b. board (def. 14a).

14. See trading card .

15. Informal.

a. a person who is amusing or facetious.

b. any person, esp. one with some indicated characteristic: a queer card.

16. in or on the cards , impending or likely; probable: A reorganization is in the cards.

17. play one's cards right , to act cleverly, sensibly, or cautiously: If you play your cards right, you may get mentioned in her will.

18. put one's cards on the table , to be completely straightforward and open; conceal nothing: He always believed in putting his cards on the table.


19. to provide with a card.

20. to fasten on a card.

21. to write, list, etc., on cards.

22. Slang. to examine the identity card or papers of: The bartender was carding all youthful customers to be sure they were of legal drinking age.

[ 1350-1400; ME carde, unexplained var. of CARTE ]

card 2

— carder , n.

/kahrd/ , n. Also called carding machine .

1. a machine for combing and paralleling fibers of cotton, flax, wool, etc., prior to spinning to remove short, undesirable fibers and produce a sliver.

2. a similar implement for raising the nap on cloth.


3. to dress (wool or the like) with a card.

4. card out , Print. to add extra space between lines of text, so as to fill out a page or column or give the text a better appearance.

[ 1325-75; ME carde cardus thistle, var. of L carduus ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .