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playing card definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: one of a pack of cards that are used to play card games

Merriam Webster's

noun Date: 15th century one of a set of 24 to 78 thin rectangular pieces of cardboard or plastic marked on one side to show its rank and suit and used in playing any of numerous games

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Card Card, n. [F. carte, fr. L. charta paper, Gr. ? a leaf of paper. Cf. Chart.] 1. 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. Our first cards were to Carabas House. --Thackeray. 2. 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. 3. A paper on which the points of the compass are marked; the dial or face of the mariner's compass. All the quartere that they know I' the shipman's card. --Shak. 4. (Weaving) A perforated pasteboard or sheet-metal plate for warp threads, making part of the Jacquard apparatus of a loom. See Jacquard. 5. An indicator card. See under Indicator. Business card, a card on which is printed an advertisement or business address. Card basket (a) A basket to hold visiting cards left by callers. (b) A basket made of cardboard. Card catalogue. See Catalogue. Card rack, a rack or frame for holding and displaying business or visiting card. Card table, a table for use inplaying cards, esp. one having a leaf which folds over. On the cards, likely to happen; foretold and expected but not yet brought to pass; -- a phrase of fortune tellers that has come into common use; also, according to the programme. Playing card, cards used in playing games; specifically, the cards cards used playing which and other games of chance, and having each pack divided onto four kinds or suits called hearts, diamonds, clubs, and spades. The full or whist pack contains fifty-two cards. To have the cards in one's own hands, to have the winning cards; to have the means of success in an undertaking. To play one's cards well, to make no errors; to act shrewdly. To play snow one's cards, to expose one's plants to rivals or foes. To speak by the card, to speak from information and definitely, not by guess as in telling a ship's bearing by the compass card. Visiting card, a small card bearing the name, and sometimes the address, of the person presenting it.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(playing cards) Playing cards are thin pieces of cardboard with numbers or pictures printed on them, which are used to play various games. = card N-COUNT

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