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Definition of card:

  1. A paper on which the points of the compass are marked; the dial or face of the mariner's compass.
  2. A perforated pasteboard or sheet- metal plate for warp threads, making part of the Jacquard apparatus of a loom. See Jacquard.
  3. 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 cards.
  4. A published note, containing a brief statement, explanation, request, expression of thanks, or the like; as, to put a card in the newspapers. Also, a printed programme, and ( fig.), an attraction or inducement; as, this will be a good card for the last day of the fair.
  5. A roll or sliver of fiber ( as of wool) delivered from a carding machine.
  6. An indicator card. See under Indicator.
  7. An instrument for disentangling and arranging the fibers of cotton, wool, flax, etc.; or for cleaning and smoothing the hair of animals; - usually consisting of bent wire teeth set closely in rows in a thick piece of leather fastened to a back.
  8. To clean or clear, as if by using a card.
  9. To comb with a card; to cleanse or disentangle by carding; as, to card wool; to card a horse.
  10. To mix or mingle, as with an inferior or weaker article.
  11. To play at cards; to game.


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