Pronunciation: (kärd),[key] —n. 1. a usually rectangular piece of stiff paper, thin pasteboard, or plastic for various uses, as to write information on or printed as a means of identifying the holder: a 3" × 5" file card; a membership card. 2. one of a set of thin pieces of cardboard with spots, figures, etc., used in playing various games; playing card.
3. cards,(usually used with a sing. v.) a. a game or games played with such a set.
b. the playing of such a game: to win at cards. c. Casino. the winning of 27 cards or more.
d. Whist.tricks won in excess of six.
4. Also calledgreeting card. a piece of paper or thin cardboard, usually folded, printed with a message of holiday greeting, congratulations, or other sentiment, often with an illustration or decorations, for mailing to a person on an appropriate occasion.
5. something useful in attaining an objective, as a course of action or position of strength, comparable to a high card held in a game: If negotiation fails, we still have another card to play. 6. postcard.
7. See calling card (def. 1).
8. Com. a. See credit card. b. See bank card. 9. a program of the events at races, boxing matches, etc.
11. a menu or wine list.
12. See compass card. 13. Computers. a. See punch card. b. board (def. 14a).
14. See trading card. 15. Informal. a. a person who is amusing or facetious.
b. any person, esp. one with some indicated characteristic: a queer card. 16. in or on the cards, impending or likely; probable: A reorganization is in the cards. 17. play one's cards right, to act cleverly, sensibly, or cautiously: If you play your cards right, you may get mentioned in her will. 18. put one's cards on the table, to be completely straightforward and open; conceal nothing: He always believed in putting his cards on the table.
—v.t. 1. to provide with a card.
2. to fasten on a card.
3. to write, list, etc., on cards.
4. Slang.to examine the identity card or papers of: The bartender was carding all youthful customers to be sure they were of legal drinking age.
Pronunciation: (kärd),[key] —n.Also called carding machine. 1. a machine for combing and paralleling fibers of cotton, flax, wool, etc., prior to spinning to remove short, undesirable fibers and produce a sliver.
2. a similar implement for raising the nap on cloth.
—v.t. 1. to dress (wool or the like) with a card.
2. card out,Print.to add extra space between lines of text, so as to fill out a page or column or give the text a better appearance.