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1 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"
2 a card certifying the identity of the bearer; "he had to show his card to get in" [syn: identity card]
3 a rectangular piece of stiff paper used to send messages (may have printed greetings or pictures); "they sent us a card from Miami"
4 thin cardboard, usually rectangular
5 a witty amusing person who makes jokes [syn: wag, wit]
6 a sign posted in a public place as an advertisement; "a poster advertised the coming attractions" [syn: poster, posting, placard, notice, bill]
7 a printed or written greeting that is left to indicate that you have visited [syn: calling card, visiting card]
8 (golf) a record of scores (as in golf); "you have to turn in your card to get a handicap" [syn: scorecard]
9 a list of dishes available at a restaurant; "the menu was in French" [syn: menu, bill of fare, carte du jour, carte]
10 (baseball) a list of batters in the order in which they will bat; "the managers presented their cards to the umpire at home plate" [syn: batting order, lineup]
11 a printed circuit that can be inserted into expansion slots in a computer to increase the computer's capabilities [syn: circuit board, circuit card, board]


1 separate the fibers of; "tease wool" [syn: tease]
2 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!"

User Contributed Dictionary



From carte < charta < χάρτης.



  1. A flat, normally rectangular piece of stiff paper, plastic etc. especially: one of a pack bearing numbers and symbols used in playing a variety of card games, e.g. a post card, a greeting card (Christmas, birthday etc.,) an identification card, a credit card, a business card, an index card, a baseball card or a warning card.
  2. An amusing but slightly foolish person.
  3. In the context of "rare|textiles": A device to raise the nap on a fabric.
  4. 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.
  5. In the context of "rare|textiles": A machine for disentagling the fibres of wool prior to spinning.
  6. 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.
  7. A listing of the runners and riders, together with colours and recent form, for all the races on a particular day at a particular racecourse
A flat, normally rectangular piece of stiff paper, plastic etc.
  • Chinese: , (kǎ)
  • Czech: karta
  • Finnish: kortti
  • French: carte
  • Hebrew: קלף (qlaf) - paper card for games; כרטיס (kart'ys) - any plastic card and paper card for greetings or personal business information
  • Japanese: (kādo)
  • Malay: kad
  • Norwegian: kort
  • Portuguese: cartão
(Informal) An amusing person
A device to raise the nap on a fabric
A machine for disentagling the fibres of wool prior to spinning
(cricket) A tabular presentation of the key statistics of an innings or match


  1. To check IDs at a venue with a minimum age requirement
    They have to card anybody who looks 30 or younger.
  2. In the context of "rare|textiles": To use the above device or machine.
  3. To scrape or tear someone's flesh using a metal comb, as a form of torture


To check IDs at a venue with a minimum age requirement
To use the above device or machine



Latin carduus



Extensive Definition

The term card (from Greek χάρτης - chartēs, "paper, papyrus"), primarily refers to cardboard or a piece of this.
More generally, the term can refer to any of various small flat objects, typically made from heavy paper or plastic. In particular:
  • Business card, a wallet sized card containing contact information for a person or business
  • Cigarette card, a trading card used to reinforce cigarette packaging
  • Common Access Card (CAC), a Department of Defense (DoD) access & ID Card; contains a computer chip.
  • Credit card, a plastic card for purchasing items on credit
  • Debit card, a plastic card for purchasing items using money in a bank account
  • Expansion card or computer card, a computer hardware component or device, attached generally inside a computer, that provides added functionality, such as a graphics card or sound card
  • File card (tool), a metal brush used to clean the cutting grooves on files
  • Gift card, usually plastic payment tool that is mailed or given to a relative, friend, or associate as a method of purchasing within stores
  • Greeting card, usually folded paper that is mailed or given to a relative, friend, or associate to express a message of greeting, appreciation, or some other sentiment
  • Health card, a token to be used as patient data card (PDC) or health professional card (HPC)
  • ID card, an identity document
  • Index card, a card for creating and organizing notes in a stack, usually for a research project
  • Library card, a card used to borrow books or other media from a library
  • Memory card, a data storage device used with digital cameras, computers, telephones, music players, video game consoles, and other electronics
  • Penalty cards for rule violations in several sports, e.g. red card or yellow card
  • Playing card, a card, typically made of laminated paper, used for playing games
  • Policy debate card, a piece of evidence in policy debate
  • Postcard, a card used for sending messages in the mail without use of an envelope
  • Punch card, an obsolete method for storing data
  • Raising card, a spiked brush-like tool used to straighten out wool, hemp, etc.
  • SIM card, a smart card identifying a mobile phone service subscriber
  • Smart card, a plastic card containing a computer chip (also known as a Key Card)
  • Trading card, a card used for trading or collecting, or for use in a collectible card game
  • Value card, a self-help device listing behavior changes the bearer wants to make
  • Visiting card, aka calling card, a more personal version of a business card
Non-physical analogues of physical cards:
  • E-card, an electronic version of a greeting card or postcard
  • Test card, also known as a test pattern, a television test signal, typically broadcast at times when the transmitter is active, but no programmes are being broadcast
Card may also refer to:
Cards may refer to:
CARDS may refer to:
  • The CARDS programme (Community Assistance for Reconstruction Development and Stabilisation), the European Union's main financial assistance instrument to the Western Balkans.
CARD may also refer to:


See also

card in Bulgarian: Карта (пояснение)
card in German: Karte
card in Estonian: Kaart
card in Spanish: Tarjeta
card in Esperanto: Karto
card in French: Carte
card in Galician: Tarxeta
card in Korean: 카드
card in Indonesian: Kartu
card in Italian: Carta (disambigua)
card in Luxembourgish: Kaart
card in Dutch: Kaart
card in Russian: Карта
card in Slovenian: Karta
card in Finnish: Kortti
card in Thai: การ์ด
card in Ukrainian: Карта

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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