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Card, subst., 1) a paper painted with figures, used in games: “I have faced it with a c. of ten,” Shr. II, 407. “have I not here the best --s for the game,” John V, 2, 105. “as sure a c. as ever won the set,” Tit. V, 1, 100. “she has packed --s with Caesar,” Ant. IV, 14, 19.
2) the face of a sea-compass: “the very ports they blow, all the quarters that they know in the shipman's c.” Mcb. I, 3, 17. Figuratively: we must speak by the c. (i. e. with the utmost preciseness) Hml. V, 1, 149. “he is the c. or calendar of gentry,” V, 2, 114 (cf. map).
3) a cooling card == that which dashes hopes: “there all is marred; there lies a cooling c.” H6A V, 3, 84 (perhaps not the same word, but derived from Carduus benedictus).
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