playing card


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n playing card one of a pack of cards that are used to play card games
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1685, New France used playing cards as currency because of the shortage of coins
    • 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.
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  • Les Brown
    “Just because Fate doesn?t deal you the right cards, it doesn?t mean you should give up. It just means you have to play the cards you get to their maximum potential.”
  • Jack London
    Jack London
    “Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes, playing a poor hand well.”
  • Arthur Schopenhauer
    “It's the niceties that make the difference fate gives us the hand, and we play the cards.”
  • Proverb
    “Rule: Never perform card tricks for the people you play poker with.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “One should always play fair when one has the winning cards.”
  • Josh Billings
    “Life consists not in holding good cards but in playing those you hold well.”


In literature:

The officers were wining and playing cards down below, when suddenly there was a shout, and a rattle and bump and rush.
"As We Sweep Through The Deep" by Gordon Stables
You don't play cards, I suppose?
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
Mr. Force does not know one card from another, and his friends seldom or never play.
"Her Mother's Secret" by Emma D. E. N. Southworth
When the table was cleared they were allowed to smoke and to play cards.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
Throughout the day we played with a greasy pack of cards to pass the time.
"A Daughter of Raasay" by William MacLeod Raine
Some were playing cards by the light of the fires.
"A Woman at Bay" by Nicholas Carter
If he had found her playing cards, what would have been the result?
"The Chautauqua Girls At Home" by Pansy, AKA Isabella M. Alden
The lady is played into his hands with much the same sort of skill that a conjuror exhibits in forcing a card.
"Modern Women and What is Said of Them" by Anonymous
I know you play cards.
"Jewish Children" by Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich
Men, rough of dress, were smoking and playing cards.
"Dangers of the Trail in 1865" by Charles E Young
Mrs. Huzzard herself did not approve of card playing.
"That Girl Montana" by Marah Ellis Ryan
The played cards are turned over, face downwards on the table, after each stop.
"Round Games with Cards" by W. H. Peel
Some were reading, some playing cards.
"The Third Degree" by Charles Klein and Arthur Hornblow
For a wonder there was no one in to play cards.
"A Little Girl in Old Philadelphia" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
The under-officers are but little better than the men, spending most of their time in the taverns playing cards.
"Daughters of the Revolution and Their Times" by Charles Carleton Coffin
South Sea playing cards, 217.
"Notes and Queries, Index of Volume 5, January-June, 1852" by Various
And he drew up his boat on the shore, and asked him would he play cards.
"The Irish Fairy Book" by Various
Another book of biography tells of a boy who delighted in playing cards with his father and mother.
"The Book of Courage" by John Thomson Faris
She tried to play Patience, but the cards would not come right; her mind was too much disturbed.
"Black Diamonds" by Mór Jókai
Rall drank toddy, smoked, and played cards, while the wintry winds roared outside.
"The Greater Republic" by Charles Morris

In poetry:

In divers tongues that yarned and swore
And wrangled o'er their play,
As they dealt their deck of greasy cards
To pass the hours away.
"The Ballad Of The Dinkinbar" by Cicely Fox Smith
The put the screens about his bed;
We might not play the gramophone,
And so we played at cards instead
And left him dying there alone.
"Screens (In a Hospital)" by Winifred Mary Letts
Sometimes I hear fine ladies sing,
Sometimes I smoke and drink with men;
Sometimes I play at games of cards—
Judge me to be no strong man then.
"Strong Moments" by William H Davies
"That proves me wrong," said MICAH, in a trice:
"I thought it all frivolity and vice."
The Bishop handed him a printed card;
"Go to a theatre where they play our Bard."
"The Reverend Micah Sowls" by William Schwenck Gilbert
I strayed about the deck, an hour, to-night
Under a cloudy moonless sky; and peeped
In at the windows, watched my friends at table,
Or playing cards, or standing in the doorway,
Or coming out into the darkness. Still
No one could see me.
"Fragment" by Rupert Brooke
the dogs are still, & all's well . . . nine long times
I loosed & buried. Then I shot him dead.
I don't remember why.
The Captain of the supply ship, playing for dimes, thinks I killed him. The black cards are red
and where's the others? I—
"Dream Song 111: I miss him. When I get back to camp" by John Berryman

In news:

Sheriff Plays The " Hussein " Card At Palin Event.
The Cards change more than just their uniforms for post-season play.
ROME (AP) — Top-ranked Serena Williams has not entered the Italian Open, although she could still play as a wild card.
John McAfee says he's broke in Miami after playing 'crazy card' to get out of Guatemala.
John McAfee admitted to playing the "crazy card" and faking an illness in Guatemala that bought him time to get back to America, according to ABC News.
Lady Luck should play no role in green cards.
The Press-Gazette says Swoboda became ill at home after playing cards with friends the night before.
But Meridian , trailing 26-20 with just under three minutes, still had one more card to play.
This "Little Hot Shots" 1993 Donruss Triple Play card shows Frank Thomas.
Mrs Helmick retired from Genesco after 30 plus years of service and enjoyed playing cards.
Marshals found Franco Thomas playing cards in front of a home on Elberta Street late this afternoon.
How to play gift cards right: They often go unused, so buy smart and get yourself a deal, too.
Playing race card won't help LeBron.
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning calls a play against the New York Jets during their AFC Wild Card NFL playoff football game in.
Playing the Race Card Again.

In science:

Suppose there are two players - A and B going to play the following mindless card game.
Random patterns generated by random permutations of natural numbers
They also proposed to play a card game and if the “close LHC” card is drawn (with probability ∼ 10−6 ), really close LHC on the eve of Higgs particle discovery to avoid more severe bad luck.
LHC card games: bringing about retrocausality?
To avoid severe potentially harmful accidents which can “naturally” stop LHC if their theory is true, Nielsen and Ninomiya suggest to play a card game.
LHC card games: bringing about retrocausality?
Firstly, it asserts that there is a parallel universe in which the Nielsen and Ninomiya’s card game has been already played and as a result of the game’s outcome the analog of LHC was closed (however this does not prove that Nielsen and Ninomiya’s imaginary action theory is true.
LHC card games: bringing about retrocausality?
Example 10 A pack of playing cards can be modeled as a Cartesian product.
Set-Theoretic Preliminaries for Computer Scientists
Then the 52 elements of cart(τ ), which include e.g. h♥, Qi, and h♠, 5i, can be interpreted as playing cards.
Set-Theoretic Preliminaries for Computer Scientists
A concrete example would be “system 3” as a person giving out one half of a playing card to another two people.
Entanglement without nonlocality
Playing card c atop pile p is therefore optimal.
Patience Sorting and Its Generalizations
Otherwise, redefine pile pm to be   In other words, we play each card as far to the left as possible (up to card color).
Patience Sorting and Its Generalizations
One was to rent a boat and float along the Sacramento River, drinking, playing cards, and presumably sweating.
Leo and me