• (n.) 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.
• (n.) 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.
• (n.) A paper on which the points of the compass are marked; the
dial or face of the mariner's compass.
• (n.) A perforated pasteboard or sheet-metal plate for warp
threads, making part of the Jacquard apparatus of a loom. See Jacquard.
• (n.) An indicator card. See under Indicator.
• (v. i.) To play at cards; to game.
• (n.) 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.
• (n.) A roll or sliver of fiber (as of wool) delivered from a
• (v. t.) To comb with a card; to cleanse or disentangle by carding;
as, to card wool; to card a horse.
• (v. t.) To clean or clear, as if by using a card.
• (v. t.) To mix or mingle, as with an inferior or weaker article.