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- enPR: kärd
- Hyphenation: card
- Rhymes: -ɑː(ɹ)d
- A playing card.
- (in the plural) Any game using playing cards; a card game.
- He played cards with his friends.
- 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 […]
- Any flat, normally rectangular piece of stiff paper, plastic etc.
- (obsolete) A map or chart.
- (informal) An amusing or entertaining person, often slightly eccentrically so.
- 1918, Siegfried Sassoon, The General:
- "He's a cheery old card," muttered Harry to Jack / As they slogged up to Arras with rifle and pack. / . . . / But he did for them both by his plan of attack.
- 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.
- A list of scheduled events or of performers or contestants.
- What's on the card for tonight?
- (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.
- (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.
- A greeting card.
- She gave her neighbors a card congratulating them on their new baby.
- A business card.
- The realtor gave me her card so I could call if I had any questions about buying a house.
- (television) A title card or 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.
- A test card.
- (dated) A published note, containing a brief statement, explanation, request, expression of thanks, etc.
- to put a card in the newspapers
- (dated) A printed programme.
- (dated, figuratively, by extension) An attraction or inducement.
- This will be a good card for the last day of the fair.
- 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: […] 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.
- (weaving) A perforated pasteboard or sheet-metal plate for warp threads, making part of the Jacquard apparatus of a loom.
- An indicator card.
Terms derived from card (noun)
- affinity card
- bank card
- baseball card
- birthday card
- business card
- calling card
- card game
- card phone
- card reader
- cardshark, card shark
- cardsharp, card sharp, cardsharper
- chipcard, chip card
- Christmas card
- credit card
- dance card
- debit card
- Ethernet card
- expansion card
- graphics card
- green card
- greeting card
- hold the cards
- how-to-vote card
- ID card
- identity card
- index card
- in the cards
- keycard, key card
- magnetic card
- membership card
- memory card
- network card
- on the cards
- PC Card
- phonecard, phone card
- playing card
- put one's cards on the table
- red card
- report card
- SDHC card
- smartcard, smart card
- swipecard, swipe card
- tarot card
- telephone card
- title card
- trust everybody, but cut the cards
- warning card
- yellow card
- Zener card
- → Bengali: কার্ড (karḍ)
- → Burmese: ကတ် (kat)
- → Chinese: 卡 (kǎ)
- → Gujarati: કાર્ડ (kārḍ)
- → Hausa: kati
- → Hindi: कार्ड (kārḍ)
- → Italian: card
- → Japanese: カード (kādo)
- → Korean: 카드 (kadeu)
- → Malay: kad
- → Pashto: کارډ (kārḍ)
- Pitcairn-Norfolk: kaad
- → Sinhalese: කාඩ් (kāḍ)
- → Swahili: kadi
- → Tagalog: kard
- → Urdu: کارڈ (kārḍ)
playing card — see playing card
card game — see card game
resource or an argument, used to achieve a purpose
flat, normally rectangular piece of stiff paper, plastic etc.
(informal) amusing person
list of scheduled events
- The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout § Translations.
Translations to be checked
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- (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.
- 1989, Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure:
- Ted (Keanu Reeves): Whoa. He didn't even card us, dude. / Bill (Alex Winter): Yeah, we have to remember this place.
- (dated) To play cards.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Johnson to this entry?)
- (golf) To make (a stated score), as recorded on a scoring card.
- McIlroy carded a stellar nine-under-par 61 in the final round.
to check IDs
- “card”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–present.: "5. informal A person regarded as odd or amusing"
- "card" at Collins English Dictionary: "6. (informal) a witty, entertaining, or eccentric person"
- “card” in The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th edition, Boston, Mass.: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016, →ISBN: “7. Informal An eccentrically amusing person.”
- "card" at Macmillan Dictionary: "7. [countable] informal old-fashioned someone who makes you laugh"
- (uncountable, dated) Material with embedded short wire bristles.
- (dated, textiles) A comb- or brush-like device or tool to raise the nap on a fabric.
- (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.
- (dated, textiles) A machine for disentangling the fibres of wool prior to spinning.
- A roll or sliver of fibre (as of wool) delivered from a carding machine.
hand-held tool for preparing materials for spinning
machine for disentagling the fibres of wool prior to spinning
- (textiles) To use a carding device to disentangle the fibres of wool prior to spinning.
- To scrape or tear someone’s flesh using a metal comb, as a form of torture.
- (transitive) To comb with a card; to cleanse or disentangle by carding.
- to card a horse
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Dyer to this entry?)
- (obsolete, transitive, figuratively) To clean or clear, as if by using a card.
- (obsolete, transitive) To mix or mingle, as with an inferior or weaker article.
- 1592, Robert Greene, A Quip for an Upstart Courtier:
- that card your beer, if you see your guests begin to be drunk, half small and half strong
to use carding device
card (plural cards)
- Abbreviation of .
card m (plural cards)
card f (invariable)
- card (identification, financial, SIM etc, but not playing card)