A stiff compact pasteboard of varied attributes to make cards etc often having a polished surface
- without material
- a stiff moderately thick report
- A stiff compact pasteboard of numerous characteristics, for making cards, etc., frequently having a polished area.
(of a character in a literary work) Lacking level and realism; artificial.
1848, from card (n.) + board (n.1). Figurative good sense is from 1893. A youthful word for the same material had been card paper (1777).
Preferred but non-standard term for any reasonably dense and rigid paperboard such as for instance boxboard and cartonboard.
Deflections of the suspended needle are indicated by the movement of a narrow beam of light which the mirror reflects from a lamp and focusses upon a graduated cardboard scale placed at a distance of a few feet; the angular deflection of the beam of light is, of course, twice that of the needle.