face card


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n face card one of the twelve cards in a deck bearing a picture of a face
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Face card one of a pack of playing cards on which a human face is represented; the king, queen, or jack.
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In literature:

Burke held the menu card before his face.
"Traffic in Souls" by Eustace Hale Ball
I reckon it was about time for a new deal all around without the face cards.
"The Vagrant Duke" by George Gibbs
Frantically snatching the card from its envelope, he held it close to the woman's face.
"Masterpieces of Mystery" by Various
When Mr. Burke showed this card to Mrs. Cliff, her face clouded.
"Mrs. Cliff's Yacht" by Frank R. Stockton
Dad gambled everything on going there, forcing the delegates to face facts, to really put their cards on the table.
"Bear Trap" by Alan Edward Nourse
The players bent over the table, their eyes followed the dealing of the cards with eagerness, their faces glowed.
"'Jena' or 'Sedan'?" by Franz Beyerlein
His loss at cards was mirrored in his face like a guilty conscience.
"Eyes Like the Sea" by Mór Jókai
Your marriage card faces up this dark woman, as I said before.
"The Witches of New York" by Q. K. Philander Doesticks
Senator Meiklejohn laid his thirteen cards face upward on the table.
"The Bartlett Mystery" by Louis Tracy
He gazed at the cards dealt him, rose to his feet, and spread the hand face upward on the table.
"Lord Stranleigh Abroad" by Robert Barr

In poetry:

The red-faced man, ceased wandering,
Never came to the boulevards
Nor covertly spat in the sawdust
Sunk in his collar
Shuffling the cards;
"Message From Abroad" by Allen Tate
Ten thousand dollars were there in sight,
Before they laid down their cards that night.
What have you? at last the card shark said,
And Bill Springer's face turned very red.
"Bill Springer's Hand" by Frank Maynard
The ancient Printer hinted
With a motion full of grace
To where the words were printed
On a card above his "case,"--
"I am deaf and dumb!" I left him
With a smile upon his face.
"The Ancient Printman" by James Whitcomb Riley
Said I: "Alas! I am not able;
I lay my cards upon the table,
And with deep shame and blame avow
I am too old to read you now;
So I will lock you in glass cases
And shun your sad, reproachful faces."
"My Library" by Robert W Service
I miss him. When I get back to camp
I'll dig him up. Well, he can prop & watch,
can't he, pink or blue,
and I will talk to him. I miss him. Slams,
grand or any, aren't for the tundra much.
One face-card will do.
"Dream Song 111: I miss him. When I get back to camp" by John Berryman

In news:

Questions asked range from what she likes about living in LA to what her credit card number is and even what her orgasm face looks like.
But for 300 years, the faces of playing cards have also documented wars, opera, theater, literature and historical events.
Worth the Gamble Forget The Grand 's poker face —it's the people who are cards.
Senior Sarah Vrabel of Canfield takes the mound as starting pitcher as the Cards faced Niles on Thursday, April 12.
The Canadian teen, her face obscured from the camera, held a stack of cards each filled with messages in black marker.
Mitch Butler and Josh Landis examine the current crisis now facing credit card companies, who have faced recent difficulty trying to sell off consumer debt to investors.
Measure to issue cards to illegal immigrants may face resistance in House.
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif Steve Stricker had a harder time getting over the Ryder Cup than any other disappointment he has faced in 24 years as a pro, including those dark years when he lost his PGA Tour card.
Save money by buying gift cards through exchanges where they sell for a lower face value, says personal finance expert Lynnette Khalfani-Cox.
Facing ever-mounting pressure from the likes of Square, Paypal, Google Wallet, and others, traditional credit card companies like Visa and MasterCard are facing technology-driven challenges unlike any they've seen before.
Federal prosecutors say a former National Cancer Institute employee who used government credit cards to buy personal items is facing six months in federal prison.
Stop by, pick-up some Cat Country bumper stickers, Lucky Listener Cards, and bring the kids by for face painting and a bounce house.
After we all threw in our cards, Joey's face split into a huge grin.
Many of us have drawn a 17 in blackjack with the dealer showing a face card.
A man and woman face charges of allegedly breaking into vehicles, stealing items from inside the parked vehicles and illegal use of a woman's credit card, Old Lycoming Township police said.

In science:

The process may be pictured as follows, as suggested in : Suppose the sequence A is represented as a row of cards laid face down; on the face of the ith card is either a zero or a one, corresponding to A[i].
Independence Properties of Algorithmically Random Sequences
At the next step, the third card is turned its face up and its value is compared against the value of the second; if, again, its value is higher than the value of the second card, the player A receives money from the player B , otherwise, the player A pays the player B .
Random patterns generated by random permutations of natural numbers
Given an arrangement of the deck, a rising sequence is a maximal subset of cards consisting of successive face values displayed in order.
The cutoff phenomenon for randomized riffle shuffles
This is the probability that a deck of n cards is in arrangement π after an inverse face-up facedown shuffle : Remove a subset of cards from the deck, letting all subsets have the same chance of being selected, and place the packet face down on top of the remaining cards.
Random walks on quasisymmetric functions
The cards corresponding to each clause are arranged in separate piles, and are all initially face down (to reflect the fact that initially we don’t know anything about the formula).
The phase transition in random Horn satisfiability and its algorithmic implications