A card is a thick, often square or rectangular piece of paper. A schmoozer might hand you a business card, or you might send your mom a Mother’s Day card, or perhaps you’ll play poker with a deck of cards.

There are many different kinds of cards, from birthday cards to flashcards for studying vocabulary words before a big test. Cards are traditionally made from a light cardboard or heavy weight paper, although you probably also have plastic cards like an ATM card or a library card. To card someone is to ask for an identification card. The Greek root of card is khartes, "layer of papyrus."

Definitions of card
  1. noun
    thin cardboard, usually rectangular
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    a card used with a time clock to record an employee's starting and quitting times each day
    type of:
    cardboard, composition board
    a stiff moderately thick paper
  2. noun
    a rectangular piece of stiff paper used to send messages (may have printed greetings or pictures)
    “they sent us a card from Miami”
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    get-well card
    a card expressing get-well wishes
    greeting card
    a card sent to express personal greetings
    mailing-card, post card, postal card, postcard
    a card for sending messages by post without an envelope
    sympathy card
    a card expressing sympathy
    birthday card
    a card expressing a birthday greeting
    Christmas card
    a card expressing a Christmas greeting
    Easter card
    a card expressing an Easter greeting
    a card sent or given (as to a sweetheart) on Saint Valentine's Day
    a postcard that folds so the message is inside
    picture postcard
    a postcard with a picture on one side
    Mass card
    (Roman Catholic Church) a card sent to a bereaved family that says the sender has arranged for a Mass to be said in memory of the deceased
    spiritual bouquet
    (Roman Catholic Church) a card indicating that the sender will perform certain devotional acts on behalf of another
    type of:
    communication by the exchange of letters
  3. noun
    a printed or written greeting that is left to indicate that you have visited
    synonyms: calling card, visiting card
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    greeting, salutation
    (usually plural) an acknowledgment or expression of good will (especially on meeting)
  4. noun
    one of a set of small pieces of stiff paper marked in various ways and used for playing games or for telling fortunes
    “he collected cards and traded them with the other boys”
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    playing card
    one of a pack of cards that are used to play card games
    Hollerith card, punch card, punched card
    a card on which data can be recorded in the form of punched holes
    tarot, tarot card
    any of a set of (usually 72) cards that include 22 cards representing virtues and vices and death and fortune etc.; used by fortunetellers
    trading card
    a card with a picture on it; collected and traded by children
    the cards discarded by players at cribbage
    one of four playing cards in a deck having a single pip on its face
    baseball card
    a trading card with a picture of a baseball player and information about his playing record
    a playing card in the minor suit that has one or more black trefoils on it
    deuce, two
    one of the four playing cards in a deck that have two spots
    a playing card in the minor suit that has one or more red rhombuses on it
    a playing card or cards dealt or taken from the pack
    court card, face card, picture card
    one of the twelve cards in a deck bearing a picture of a face
    gaming card
    one of a set of cards used in gambling games
    a playing card in the major suit that has one or more red hearts on it
    hole card
    (poker) a playing card dealt face down and not revealed until the showdown
    a playing card that is usually printed with a picture of a jester
    the playing card that is the only card in a suit held in a bridge hand as initially dealt
    a playing card in the major suit that has one or more black figures on it
    a playing card with a specified number of pips on it to indicate its value
    (bridge) a playing card with a value sufficiently high to insure taking a trick in a particular suit
    playing card in any of four sets of 13 cards in a pack; each set has its own symbol and color
    three, trey
    one of four playing cards in a deck having three pips
    trump, trump card
    a playing card in the suit that has been declared trumps
    wild card
    a playing card whose value can be determined by the person who holds it
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    a material made of cellulose pulp derived mainly from wood or rags or certain grasses
  5. noun
    a card certifying the identity of the bearer
    “he had to show his card to get in”
    synonyms: identity card
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    business card
    a card on which are printed the person's name and business affiliation
    donor card
    a card that you carry on your person and that authorizes the use of your organs for transplantation after your death
    a plastic card that has a magnetically coded strip that is scanned in order to operate a mechanism
    membership card
    a card certifying membership in an organization
    borrower's card, library card
    a card certifying the bearer's right to use the library
    ration card
    a card certifying the bearer's right to purchase rationed goods
    union card
    a card certifying membership in a labor union
    type of:
    positive identification
    evidence proving that you are who you say you are; evidence establishing that you are among the group of people already known to the system; recognition by the system leads to acceptance
  6. noun
    a sign posted in a public place as an advertisement
    synonyms: bill, notice, placard, poster, posting
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    show bill, show card, theatrical poster
    a poster advertising a show or play
    flash card, flashcard
    a card with words or numbers or pictures that is flashed to a class by the teacher
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    a public display of a message
  7. noun
    (golf) a record of scores (as in golf)
    “you have to turn in your card to get a handicap”
    synonyms: scorecard
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    book, record, record book
    a compilation of the known facts regarding something or someone
  8. noun
    a list of dishes available at a restaurant
    synonyms: bill of fare, carte, carte du jour, menu
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    a la carte
    a menu having individual dishes listed with separate prices
    prix fixe
    a menu listing fixed meals at fixed prices
    table d'hote
    a menu offering a complete meal with limited choices at a fixed price
    type of:
    a list of particulars (as a playbill or bill of fare)
  9. noun
    (baseball) a list of batters in the order in which they will bat
    “the managers presented their cards to the umpire at home plate”
    synonyms: batting order, lineup
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    type of:
    roll, roster
    a list of names
  10. noun
    a printed circuit that can be inserted into expansion slots in a computer to increase the computer's capabilities
    synonyms: add-in, board, circuit board, circuit card, plug-in
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    CPU board, mother board
    the main circuit board for a computer
    PC board
    a removable circuit board for a personal computer; fits into a slot in the mother board
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    printed circuit
    computer circuit consisting of an electronic sub-assembly; copper conductors are laminated on an insulating board or card and circuit components are inserted into holes and dip soldered
  11. verb
    ask someone for identification to determine whether he or she is old enough to consume liquor
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    ascertain, assure, check, control, ensure, insure, see, see to it
    be careful or certain to do something; make certain of something
  12. verb
    separate the fibers of
    synonyms: tease
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    divide into components or constituents
  13. noun
    a witty amusing person who makes jokes
    synonyms: wag, wit
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    humorist, humourist
    someone who acts speaks or writes in an amusing way
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