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- 2a small rectangular piece of plastic containing personal data in a machine-readable form and used to obtain cash or credit or to pay for a telephone call, gain entry to a room or building, etc.: your card cannot be used to withdraw more than your daily limit from cash machines she paid for the goods with her card
- 4 Computingshort for expansion card.
late Middle English (in sense 3 of the noun): from Old French carte, from Latin carta, charta, from Greek khartēs 'papyrus leaf'