card

I UK [kɑː(r)d] / US [kɑrd] noun
Word forms "card":
singular card plural cards
***
1) [uncountable] British thick stiff paper, thinner than cardboard
2)
a) [countable] a piece of thick stiff paper folded into two equal parts, with a picture and a message on it

She sent me a lovely card on my birthday.

a card says/reads something:

The card read, "Get Well Soon! Love from all at the office".

birthday/Christmas/get-well etc card:

Did we get a Christmas card from your brother this year?

b) a postcard

I scribbled a quick card to my parents.

3) [countable] one of a set of 52 small pieces of thick stiff paper used for various games. The set is called a pack or deck and is divided into four suits: hearts, diamonds, clubs, and spades.
a) [countable] one of a set of small pieces of thick stiff paper used in games or activities such as happy families or tarot
b) cards
[plural] the activity of playing games with a set of 52 cards

I've always been lucky at cards.

play cards:

Let's play cards this evening.

game of cards:

There's time for a quick game of cards.

c) the cards
[plural] playing cards or tarot used for trying to discover what will happen in the future

The cards never lie.

She said she had seen our future in the cards.

4) [countable] a small piece of thick stiff paper or plastic that shows who you are and that you have authority or permission to do something

I handed the assistant my library card.

I can't find my membership card for the sports centre.

flash a card (= show someone a card quickly):

They said they were police and flashed cards at us.

a) a small piece of thick stiff paper with your name, your job, and the name of your company printed on it

Let me give you my card.

b) a piece of thick stiff paper on which you record information about something

To register with the doctor you need your medical card.

I looked at my score card.

c) a piece of thick stiff paper with printed information on it, usually part of a set

a collection of recipe cards

d) a list of the sports events that are planned to take place at a particular time

There are six events on the card today.

5)
a) [countable] a small flat piece of plastic used for getting money from a bank, cash machine etc or for buying things. You are usually given a special number, called a PIN number, with your card so that you can get money from a machine

I gave the waiter my card.

She produced her Visa card and paid the bill.

6) [countable] something that gives you an advantage in doing something
someone's strongest/best/trump/winning card:

His strongest card was his friendship with the prince.

7) [countable] computing a circuit board that fits inside a computer and connects to a particular piece of equipment such as a modem or computer screen

You'll have to install a new Ethernet card.

8) [countable] informal old-fashioned someone who makes you laugh

get/be given your cardsBritish

old-fashioned to be told by your employer that you no longer have a job


hold/have all the cards — to be in a good position to beat or defeat someone because you have all the advantages

The kidnappers seemed to hold all the cards.

hold/keep/play your cards close to your chest — to not tell people what you are thinking or planning

In business, it pays to play your cards close to your chest.

lay/put your cards on the table — to tell people exactly what you are thinking or what you are intending to do

I'm going to lay my cards on the table and say that I don't like the idea.

play the ... card — to use a particular quality, argument etc in order to gain an advantage

politicians who play the nationalist card in order to get votes

See:
play I

II UK [kɑː(r)d] / US [kɑrd] verb [transitive]
Word forms "card":
present tense I/you/we/they card he/she/it cards present participle carding past tense carded past participle carded
1) to give a player a red card or yellow card in football, for bad behaviour
be red/yellow carded:

Copland was red carded for two offences.

2) to pull a tool like a comb through wool or cotton to make it ready for spinning
3) mainly journalism to achieve a particular score, especially in golf

Vickery finished third after carding a score of 68.


English dictionary. 2014.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • card — card1 [kärd] n. [ME carde < OFr carte < ML carta, card, paper < L charta, leaf of paper, tablet < Gr chartēs, layer of papyrus; prob. < Egypt] 1. a flat, stiff piece of thick paper or thin pasteboard, usually rectangular, as a) any …   English World dictionary

  • Card — (k[aum]rd), 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • card — Ⅰ. card [1] ► NOUN 1) thick, stiff paper or thin cardboard. 2) a piece of card for writing on, especially a postcard or greetings card. 3) a business card or visiting card. 4) a small rectangular piece of plastic containing machine readable… …   English terms dictionary

  • cârd — CÂRD, cârduri, s.n. 1. Grup mare de animale mamifere, de păsări, de peşti de acelaşi fel, care se află împreună. 2. (De obicei peior.) Ceată (mare) de oameni. ♢ expr. A se pune (sau a intra) în cârd cu cineva = a se asocia, a se întovărăşi cu… …   Dicționar Român

  • Card — ist der Name folgender Personen: Abraham Ángel Card Valdés (1905–1924), mexikanischer Maler Andrew Card (* 1947), US amerikanischer Politiker und Lobbyist David Card (* 1956), kanadischer Ökonom und Hochschullehrer Mike Card (* 1986), deutsch… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Card — Card, v. t. 1. To comb with a card; to cleanse or disentangle by carding; as, to card wool; to card a horse. [1913 Webster] These card the short comb the longer flakes. Dyer. [1913 Webster] 2. To clean or clear, as if by using a card. [Obs.]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Card — Card, n. [F. carde teasel, the head of a thistle, card, from L. carduus, cardus, thistle, fr. carere to card.] [1913 Webster] 1. An instrument for disentangling and arranging the fibers of cotton, wool, flax, etc.; or for cleaning and smoothing… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • card — s. n., pl. cárduri Trimis de siveco, 10.08.2004. Sursa: Dicţionar ortografic  CARD Element secund de compunere savantă cu semnificaţia (în legătură cu) inima, cord . [< fr. carde]. Trimis de LauraGellner, 03.12.2004. Sursa: DN  CARD, carduri …   Dicționar Român

  • Card — Card, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Carded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Carding}.] To play at cards; to game. Johnson. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • card — s.f.inv. ES ingl. {{wmetafile0}} tessera nominativa che consente di usufruire di determinati servizi {{line}} {{/line}} DATA: 1987. ETIMO: ingl. card propr. carta …   Dizionario italiano

  • card — /kard, ingl. kɑːd/ [vc. ingl., propr. «carta»] s. f. inv. 1. tessera, carta 2. accorc. di credit card …   Sinonimi e Contrari. Terza edizione

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.