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Usage statistics for the noun card:

conversational speech73.29%task-oriented speech26.71%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun card:


The word card is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun card

What does card mean as a name of something?

Card is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: cards

  1. one of a set of small pieces of stiff paper marked in various ways and used for playing games or for telling fortunes
    • example: he collected cards and traded them with the other boys
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: paper = a material made of cellulose pulp derived mainly from wood or rags or certain grasses
    • more specific terms:
  2. a card certifying the identity of the bearer
    • example: he had to show his card to get in
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonym of card: identity card
    • more generic term: 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
    • more specific terms:
      • 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
      • keycard = 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
  3. a rectangular piece of stiff paper used to send messages (may have printed greetings or pictures)
  4. thin cardboard, usually rectangular
    • lexical domain: Substances - nouns denoting substances
    • more generic terms: cardboard / composition board = a stiff moderately thick paper
    • more specific word: timecard = a card used with a time clock to record an employee's starting and quitting times each day
  5. a witty amusing person who makes jokes
  6. a sign posted in a public place as an advertisement
  7. a printed or written greeting that is left to indicate that you have visited
  8. (golf) a record of scores (as in golf)
  9. a list of dishes available at a restaurant
  10. (baseball) a list of batters in the order in which they will bat
  11. a printed circuit that can be inserted into expansion slots in a computer to increase the computer's capabilities

Alternative definition of the noun card


  1. A playing card.
  2. [context: in plural] Any game using playing cards; a card game.
  3. A resource or an argument, used to a achieve a purpose.
  4. Any flat, normally rectangular piece of stiff paper, plastic etc.
  5. [obsolete] A map or chart.
  6. [informal] An amusing but slightly foolish person.
  7. A list of scheduled events or of performers or contestants.
  8. [rfd-redundant] [cricket] A tabular presentation of the key statistics of an innings or match: batsmen’s scores and how they were dismissed, extras, total score and bowling figures.
  9. [rfd-redundant] [horse racing] A listing of the runners and riders, together with colours and recent form, for all the races on a particular day at a particular racecourse.
  10. [computing] A removable electronic device that may be inserted into a powered electronic device to provide additional capability.
  11. [rare, textiles] A comb- or brush-like device or tool to raise the nap on a fabric.
  12. [textiles] A hand-held tool formed similarly to a hairbrush but with bristles of wire or other rigid material. It is used principally with raw cotton, wool, hair, or other natural fibers to prepare these materials for spinning into yarn or thread on a spinning wheel, with a whorl or other hand-held spindle. The card serves to untangle, clean, remove debris from, and lay the fibers straight.
  13. [rare, textiles] A machine for disentangling the fibres of wool prior to spinning.

Specialised definition of the noun card

Glossary of sports

in several sport disciplines (e.g. handball, soccer), a measure to clearly demonstrate severe rule violations (also visible to the spectators): 1. yellow card: warning; 2. red card: disqualification for the rest of the game. The red card is shown when (depending on the sport) one of more warnings have been issued by means of a yellow card or in case of severe rule violations. The rules of the sport discipline prescribe precisely, if and for what time period a player, who has received several fellow or a red card, is suspended from future competitions. (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)

Glossary of sports / dog racing

the list of races at a meeting

Glossary of sports / golf

a golfer's score card

Definition of the verb card

What does card mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: carded | carding | cards

  1. separate the fibers of
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonym of card: tease
    • more generic word: separate = divide into components or constituents
  2. ask someone for identification to determine whether he or she is old enough to consume liquor

Alternative definition of the verb card


  1. To check IDs at a venue with a minimum age requirement
  2. [textiles] To use a carding device to disentangle the fibres of wool prior to spinning.
  3. To scrape or tear someone’s flesh using a metal comb, as a form of torture.

Specialised definition of the verb card

Glossary of sports / golf

to make a specific score

  • example: I carded a 5 on that hole.

if a player cards a score, he or she returns that score on the scorecard

  • example: he carded a level-par 72 to finish third.


Who is Card?

Card a.k.a. André Girard was a French painter, poster-maker and Resistance worker. During the Second World War he founded and headed the CARTE network, also taking "Carte" as his personal codename.


  1. Card is a fictional character from the 1903 film Alice in Wonderland.
  2. Card is a fictional character from the 1903 film Alice in Wonderland.

There are other characters with in their name, like Card Shark, Card sharp and Card Player.


  1. Card: In sports, a card comprises a listing of the matches taking place in a title-match combat-sport event. Organizers divide overall cards into a main-event match and the undercard, which encompasses the rest of the matches. One can also further subdivide the undercard into midcard and lower card, according to the perceived importance of the matches. Promoters schedule matches to occur in ascending order of importance.
  2. carD is a gene.
  3. Card: Any type of card, could be a hockey card, game card, birthday card etc.
  4. Card is a family name.

Phrases with Card

Phrases starting with the word Card:

  1. Card Key
  2. card game
  3. Card Tart

Phrases ending with the word Card:

  1. Id Card
  2. Pc Card
  3. Cue card
  4. Qsl Card
  5. Red card
  6. Red-Card
  7. Sim Card
  8. bank card
  9. Blue Card
  10. cash card
  11. face card
  12. Gift card
  13. High Card
  14. hole card
  15. Holy card
  16. mass card
  17. Palm Card

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Printed encyclopedias and other books with definitions for Card

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Google previewThe Golden Key Book of Knowledge (2007)

Metaphysical Thoughts and Prayers for Inspiration to the Children of God by Victor E. Prince

The next card is an Ace of Clubs, which means keep toward your goal in life. The next card is a Seven of Spades, which means that your luck will not be the greatest. The next card is the Queen of Hearts, which means someone of a pleasant ...

Google previewSecurity and Access Control Using Biometric Technologies (2009)

by Robert Newman

A smart card is a device that includes an embedded integrated circuit that can be either a secure microcontroller or equivalent intelligence with internal memory or a memory chip alone. The card connects to a reader with direct physical contact ...

Google previewECIW2010-Proceedings of the 9th European Conference on Information Warfare and Security (2010)

ECIW2010 by Josef Demergis

A smart card is a secure token and is generally used in an obvious and classic way (banking, telecom, etc.). However...

The smart card is the smallest existing computing device, its core part being as small as a pinhead. The core hidden ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Greeting Card Tools & Techniques (2008)

by Susan Pickering Rothamel

A shaker card Examples of shadow stamping ...

Google previewGambling in America: An Encyclopedia of History, Issues, and Society, 2nd Edition (2015)

by William N. Thompson Ph.D.

The word faro was derived from the word pharaoh, as the winning card was seen as ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Race and Crime (2009)

by Helen Taylor Greene, Shaun L. Gabbidon

the “Playing the race card” is a derogatory phrase that refers to unnecessarily and inflammatorily interjecting the issue of race into a...

The race card can victimize members of any race but is most commonly aimed at portraying Whites as racist.

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Quotes about Card

Social Security Number Cards by themselves were never intended to be personal identity documents because they cannot confirm that a person presenting a card is actually the person whose name appears on the card. (Ron Lewis)
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Scrabble value of C3A1R1D2

The value of this 4-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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