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2 [kahrd]
noun Also called carding machine.
a machine for combing and paralleling fibers of cotton, flax, wool, etc., prior to spinning to remove short, undesirable fibers and produce a sliver.
a similar implement for raising the nap on cloth.
verb (used with object)
to dress (wool or the like) with a card.
card out, Printing. to add extra space between lines of text, so as to fill out a page or column or give the text a better appearance.

1325–75; Middle English carde < Middle French: literally, teasel head < Late Latin cardus thistle, variant of Latin carduus

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card1 (kɑːd)
1.  a piece of stiff paper or thin cardboard, usually rectangular, with varied uses, as for filing information in an index, bearing a written notice for display, entering scores in a game, etc
2.  such a card used for identification, reference, proof of membership, etc: library card; identity card; visiting card
3.  such a card used for sending greetings, messages, or invitations, often bearing an illustration, printed greetings, etc: Christmas card; birthday card
4.  one of a set of small pieces of cardboard, variously marked with significant figures, symbols, etc, used for playing games or for fortune-telling
5.  a.  short for playing card
 b.  (as modifier): a card game
 c.  (in combination): cardsharp
6.  informal a witty, entertaining, or eccentric person
7.  cheque card short for credit card
8.  See compass card
9.  horse racing Also called: race card a daily programme of all the races at a meeting, listing the runners, riders, weights to be carried, distances to be run, and conditions of each race
10.  a thing or action used in order to gain an advantage, esp one that is concealed and kept in reserve until needed (esp in the phrase a card up one's sleeve)
11.  See printed circuit short for printed circuit card
[C15: from Old French carte, from Latin charta leaf of papyrus, from Greek khartēs, probably of Egyptian origin]

card2 (kɑːd)
1.  (tr) to comb out and clean fibres of wool or cotton before spinning
2.  (formerly) a machine or comblike tool for carding fabrics or for raising the nap on cloth
[C15: from Old French carde card, teasel, from Latin carduus thistle]

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Word Origin & History

1401, from M.Fr. carte, from L. charta "leaf of paper, tablet," from Gk. khartes "layer of papyrus," probably from Egyptian. Form infl. after 14c. by It. carta (see chart). Sense of "playing cards" is oldest in Fr. and Eng.; the sense extended to similar flat, stiff bits of
paper 1596. Meaning "printed ornamental greetings for special occasions" is 1869. Application to clever or original persons (1836, originally with an adjective, e.g. smart card) is from the playing-card sense, via expressions such as sure card "an expedient certain to attain an object" (c.1560). Verb meaning "require (someone) to show ID" is 1970s. Card-carrying first attested 1948, during U.S. Cold War anti-Communist paranoia. Card table is from 1713. Card-sharper is 1859. House of cards in the fig. sense is from 1641, first attested in Milton. To have a card up (one's) sleeve is 1898; to play the _______ card is from 1886, originally the Orange card, meaning "appeal to Northern Irish Protestant sentiment (for political advantage)."

"to comb wool," 1393, from O.Prov. carda, from cardar "to card," from V.L. *caritare, from L. carrere "to clean or comb with a card," from PIE base *kars- "to scrape."
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