There are 2 definitions of card in English:

card1

Syllabification: card
Pronunciation: /kärd
 
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noun

1A piece of thick, stiff paper or thin pasteboard, in particular one used for writing or printing on: some notes jotted down on a card
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  • The first thing to buy is a large sheet of white thick paper or thin card, which you gently bend into a right angled curve.
  • The Sun's image can then be seen on small piece of stiff card covered with some white paper.
  • You won't get a good idea of the right fragrance unless you put each one on different cards or pieces of paper.
Synonyms
1.1A piece of thick paper printed with a picture and used to send a message or greeting: a birthday card
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  • We also made sure we know her birthday so we can send her a birthday card and some flowers.
  • He never said goodbye to me, he's never even sent me a birthday card or a Christmas present or even tried to call me!
  • The tangible proof of that was seen in the hundreds of cards, greetings and messages of hope he received during his brief illness.
Synonyms
1.2A small rectangular piece of thick paper with a person’s name and other details printed on it for purposes of identification, for example a business card.
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  • The bailiffs will carry an identification card and their details can be checked at the council's Parking Shop.
  • There was also a call for ‘true’ family membership with joint names on the membership card.
  • Yet the UEC, as proposed by David Blunkett, is an identity card in all but name.
Synonyms
identification (card), ID, credentials, pass, key card; business card, calling card
2A small rectangular piece of plastic issued by a bank, containing personal data in a machine-readable form and used chiefly to obtain cash or credit.
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  • However, if they do obtain a card, the credit limit will be low.
  • It contained cash, cards and other personal items.
  • A potter or a carpenter in the remote village may soon be able to avail of bank credit through a plastic card.
Synonyms
2.1A small rectangular piece of plastic containing machine-readable data, used for paying for a telephone call or gaining entry to a room.
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  • Pulling a small, plastic card out of her sweater pocket, Lily swiped it through a small slot next to the door, which flashed from red to green.
  • When clearances are received the businessperson is issued with an endorsed plastic card.
  • Others chose not to use a mobile phone and used card - based telephone systems that enabled them to control the cost and timing of their calls.
3A playing card: a deck of cards
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  • In America it is known as old sledge or seven up and usually played by two players with the full pack of 52 cards, with the ace being the highest and the two the lowest.
  • From a deck of cards, pick out the ace through six of one suit.
  • We oohed when he chose the right card from the pack.
Synonyms
playing card; tarot card; (cards)deck/pack of cards
3.1 (cards) A game played with playing cards.
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  • He loved his game of cards and supported card games for charitable purposes.
  • All of which can start to feel a bit alienating if you're a non-player and your most sophisticated game of cards to date is Twenty-One.
  • Pat also enjoyed his game of cards and always supported card games for charity.
4 Computing short for expansion card.
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  • Plug in your cable modem and hook up the home with PCI / PCMCIA bridges and use the PCMCIA wireless cards in all your desktop and laptop computers.
  • It has slots for memory expansion, digital/multimedia cards and a 400 MHz processor.
  • Most computer audio cards have great sound, so what really matters are your PC's speakers.
5 informal A person regarded as odd or amusing: He laughed, “You’re a card, you know.”
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  • "You're a card, Mr. Spangler," said Mr. Wilkinson.
  • He's a card, you got that in common.
  • She thinks he's a card, and likes him.
Synonyms
eccentric, character; joker, wit, wag, jester, clown, comedian
informal laugh, scream, hoot, riot, jokester
6A program of events at a racetrack.
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  • Bag Woman won the first race on the card, a claiming event in which she carried a $13,500 tag, to sew up the record.
  • The Sydney Turf Club had planned a seven-race card at Canterbury Park Racecourse with the Starlight Stakes the feature race.
  • Beulah Park halted its nine-race card after the fifth race due to slippery track conditions.
6.1A record of scores in a sporting event; a scorecard.
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  • Both the Hall of Fame and the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues sent along Vic's player record card.
  • He called the items "score cards" with the players names preprinted on the card.
  • Late arriving players must have their name added to the score card upon arrival.

verb

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1Write (something) on a card, especially for indexing.
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  • The carded information was then verified by a separate review.
  • There is also a ten-inch file of carded notes and interviews on the Bonneville Administration, 1944-1954.
  • As a result, I have 4 plastic shoeboxes where I keep all my carded recipes.
2North American Check the identity card of (someone), in particular as evidence of legal drinking age.
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  • Lately, theaters have been taking the ‘R’ rating far more seriously than they used to - actually carding young patrons to check if they are of age to see the movie without a guardian.
  • Yesterday a twelve-year-old sales clerk carded me when I purchased a bottle of non-alcoholic Merlot.
  • ‘I should have carded him,’ he answered laughing as he handed over the Long Island ice tea.
3 informal (In golf and other sports) score (a certain number of points on a scorecard): he carded 68 in the final round
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  • Ipgc chairman Stephen Beard also put together a fine round of golf, carding a 4 under par 68.
  • Pre-championship favourite Tiger Woods, who carded a one-under 71 on Thursday, was still to go out, along with Ernie Els who was level.
  • Gary Coutts and John Bornholt carded the best scores for the visitors.
3.1(Of the referee in soccer and some other sports) show a yellow or red card to (a player who is being cautioned or sent off): Reid, seconds after being carded, broke down the left wing a Mac flanker was carded and sent to the sin bin in the first half
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  • The first-half descended into a scrappy affair with bookings for Cork's Alan Carey and Derry's Paddy McLaughlin for misjudged tackles while Darren Kelly was carded by referee Dick O'Hanlon for throwing the ball away after Cork were awarded a throw-in.
  • John-Baptiste was booked for hauling down Chillingworth and Neil was carded for a very late challenge on Walker as the U's skipper skipped past him.
  • Anyway, Durand also deserved to see yellow for the Oscar-level theatrics that followed, evidence of the determination to get opponents carded that is creeping into the professional game.

Origin

late Middle English(sense 3 of the noun): from Old French carte, from Latin carta, charta, from Greek khartēs 'papyrus leaf'.

Phrases

hold all the cards

Be in a very strong or advantageous position.
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  • It appears that the highways authority holds all the cards.
  • There's a guy funding a film by a friend of mine, and he's decided that he holds all the cards, since he put up the million-and-a-half budget, so he wants to re-cut the movie.
  • Things have gotten so bad, that a liar and plagiarist holds all the cards; he can keep his stature, pay, and influence, or he can get a seven figure check.

in the cards

informal Very possible or likely: an overwhelming military triumph is in the cards

play the —— card

Exploit the specified issue or idea mentioned, especially for political advantage: he resisted the temptation to play the race card I’m really surprised she played the gender card
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  • He angrily denied that he was playing the race card.
  • These groups play the race card under the guise of concerns about immigration.
  • In the local debate that's ensued, Henraux plays the jobs card, threatening to lay off 20 workers if it can't level the mountaintop.

play one's cards right

Make the best use of one’s assets and opportunities.
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  • That's the kind of opportunity people kill for, and if you play your cards right, we can grab it!
  • If Fox plays their cards right, they could have a cult show on the level of Seinfeld on their hands.
  • If he plays his cards right - a big if - he could peel off just enough Cuban voters to carry Florida on November 2.

put (or lay) one's cards on the table

Be completely open and honest in declaring one’s resources, intentions, or attitude.
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  • And to your question about how much should we put our cards on the table and be honest about our biases, I think that's a good thing to do.
  • You have to lay your cards on the table, be honest about what your priorities are in life and where your weaknesses lie.
  • I'm putting my cards on the table because it's important we have a vote of confidence.

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There are 2 definitions of card in English:

card2

Syllabification: card
Pronunciation: /kärd
 
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verb

[with object]
Comb and clean (raw wool, hemp fibers, or similar material) with a sharp-toothed instrument in order to disentangle the fibers before spinning.
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  • Spinning wheels lined the walls and at the central tables others sorted, hackled and carded the wool.
  • Moreover, he noted that working in ghettos where underventilated, crowded conditions prevailed was a special risk factor in workers repairing old mattresses and/or carding used wool.
  • She was wearing a sweater she'd been forced to knit from the wool they'd carded from the flocks.

noun

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A toothed implement or machine used to comb and clean raw fibers before spinning.
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  • Distribute the wool evenly across the entire card until the teeth are barely showing through.
  • Begin by placing a small piece of wool on the left card that should be lying on your lap.
  • When carding the teased wool, a card is held in each hand.

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French carde, from Provençal carda, from cardar 'tease, comb', based on Latin carere 'to card'.

Derivatives

carder

noun
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  • He inspired Indians to burn imported British fabrics and return to the traditional textiles woven in villages, and he helped retrain local spinners, weavers, and carders.
  • Calling all Bolton ex-mill workers, carders, spinners, winders and weavers… someone wants to hear your story.
  • Among the earliest were the Massachusetts textile-mill hands, farm girls and women aged sixteen to twenty-three who after 1814 worked twelve hours a day, six days a week on mechanized carders, spinners, and looms.

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