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Meaning of CARDINAL

Pronunciation:  'kârdnl

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  crested thick-billed North American finch having bright red plumage in the male
  2. [n]  a variable color averaging a vivid red
  3. [n]  (Roman Catholic Church) one of a group of more than 100 prominent bishops in the Sacred College who advise the Pope and elect new Popes
  4. [n]  the number of elements in a mathematical set; denotes a quantity but not the order
  5. [adj]  serving as an essential component; "a cardinal rule"; "the central cause of the problem"; "an example that was fundamental to the argument"; "computers are fundamental to modern industrial structure"
  6. [adj]  being or denoting a numerical quantity but not order; "cardinal numbers"

CARDINAL is a 8 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: 0, 1, 10, 100, 1000, 101, 105, 11, 110, 115, 12, 120, 125, 13, 130, 135, 14, 140, 145, 15, 150, 155, 16, 160, 165, 17, 170, 175, 18, 180, 19, 190, 2, 20, 200, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 3, 30, 300, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 4, 40, 400, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 5, 50, 500, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 6, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 7, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 8, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 9, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, a billion, a hundred, a hundred and one, a hundred thousand, a million, a thousand, a trillion, a zillion, ane, billion, c, cardinal grosbeak, cardinal number, Cardinalis cardinalis, carmine, cc, ccc, cd, central, ci, cl, clv, clx, clxv, clxx, clxxv, clxxx, cv, cx, cxl, cxlv, cxv, cxx, cxxv, cxxx, cxxxv, d, dozen, eight, eighteen, eighty, eighty-eight, eighty-five, eighty-four, eighty-nine, eighty-one, eighty-seven, eighty-six, eighty-three, eighty-two, eleven, fifteen, fifty, fifty-eight, fifty-five, fifty-four, fifty-nine, fifty-one, fifty-seven, fifty-six, fifty-three, fifty-two, five, five hundred, forty, forty-eight, forty-five, forty-four, forty-nine, forty-one, forty-seven, forty-six, forty-three, forty-two, four, four hundred, fourscore, fourteen, fundamental, half a dozen, half dozen, hundred, hundred and one, hundred thousand, i, ic, ii, iii, il, ilx, ilxx, ilxxx, important, iv, ix, ixc, ixl, k, key, l, li, lii, liii, liv, lv, lvi, lvii, lviii, lx, lxi, lxii, lxiii, lxiv, lxv, lxvi, lxvii, lxviii, lxx, lxxi, lxxii, lxxiii, lxxiv, lxxv, lxxvi, lxxvii, lxxviii, lxxx, lxxxi, lxxxii, lxxxiii, lxxxiv, lxxxv, lxxxvi, lxxxvii, lxxxviii, m, million, nine, nineteen, ninety, ninety-eight, ninety-five, ninety-four, ninety-nine, ninety-one, ninety-seven, ninety-six, ninety-three, ninety-two, of import, one, one hundred, one hundred eighty, one hundred fifteen, one hundred fifty, one hundred fifty-five, one hundred five, one hundred forty, one hundred forty-five, one hundred ninety, one hundred one, one hundred seventy, one hundred seventy-five, one hundred sixty, one hundred sixty-five, one hundred ten, one hundred thirty, one hundred thirty-five, one hundred twenty, one hundred twenty-five, one thousand, primal, redbird, Richmondena Cardinalis, seven, seventeen, seventy, seventy-eight, seventy-five, seventy-four, seventy-nine, seventy-one, seventy-seven, seventy-six, seventy-three, seventy-two, six, sixteen, sixty, sixty-eight, sixty-five, sixty-four, sixty-nine, sixty-one, sixty-seven, sixty-six, sixty-three, sixty-two, ten, ten thousand, thirteen, thirty, thirty-eight, thirty-five, thirty-four, thirty-nine, thirty-one, thirty-seven, thirty-six, thirty-three, thirty-two, thousand, three, three hundred, threescore, trillion, twelve, twenty, twenty-eight, twenty-five, twenty-four, twenty-nine, twenty-one, twenty-seven, twenty-six, twenty-three, twenty-two, two, two hundred, twoscore, v, vi, vii, viii, x, xc, xci, xcii, xciii, xciv, xcl, xcv, xcvi, xcvii, xcviii, xi, xii, xiii, xiv, xix, xl, xli, xlii, xliii, xliv, xlv, xlvi, xlvii, xlviii, xv, xvi, xvii, xviii, xx, xxi, xxii, xxiii, xxiv, xxix, xxv, xxvi, xxvii, xxviii, xxx, xxxi, xxxii, xxxiii, xxxiv, xxxv, xxxvi, xxxvii, xxxviii, zero, zillion
 Antonyms: ordinal
 See Also: absolute frequency, Bellarmine, Bellarmino, bishop, Borgia, Cardinal Bellarmine, Cesare Borgia, dean, finch, frequency, genus Richmondena, googol, googolplex, number, red, redness, Richmondena, Roberto Francesco Romolo Bellarmine, Sacred College



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Car"di*nal\, a. [L. cardinalis, fr. cardo the hinge of
    a door, that on which a thing turns or depends: cf. F.
    Of fundamental importance; pre["e]minent; superior; chief;
          The cardinal intersections of the zodiac. --Sir T.
          Impudence is now a cardinal virtue.      --Drayton.
          But cardinal sins, and hollow hearts, I fear ye.
    {Cardinal numbers}, the numbers one, two, three, etc., in
       distinction from first, second, third, etc., which are
       called {ordinal numbers}.
    {Cardinal points}
    (a) (Geol.) The four principal points of the compass, or
        intersections of the horizon with the meridian and the
        prime vertical circle, north, south east, and west.
    (b) (Astrol.) The rising and setting of the sun, the zenith
        and nadir.
    {Cardinal signs} (Astron.) Aries, Libra, Cancer, and
    {Cardinal teeth} (Zo["o]l.), the central teeth of bivalve
       shell. See {Bivalve}.
    {Cardinal veins} (Anat.), the veins in vertebrate embryos,
       which run each side of the vertebral column and returm the
       blood to the heart. They remain through life in some
    {Cardinal virtues}, pre["e]minent virtues; among the
       ancients, prudence, justice, temperance, and fortitude.
    {Cardinal winds}, winds which blow from the cardinal points
       due north, south, east, or west.
  2. \Car"di*nal\, n. [F. carinal, It. cardinale, LL.
    cardinalis (ecclesi[ae] Roman[ae]). See {Cardinal}, a.]
    1. (R. C. Ch.) One of the ecclesiastical princes who
       constitute the pope's council, or the sacred college.
             The clerics of the supreme Chair are called
             Cardinals, as undoubtedly adhering more nearly to
             the hinge by which all things are moved. --Pope Leo
    Note: The cardinals are appointed by the pope. Since the time
          of Sixtus V., their number can never exceed seventy
          (six of episcopal rank, fifty priests, fourteen
          deacons), and the number of cardinal priests and
          deacons is seldom full. When the papel chair is vacant
          a pope is elected by the college of cardinals from
          among themselves. The cardinals take precedence of all
          dignitaries except the pope. The principal parts of a
          cardinal's costume are a red cassock, a rochet, a short
          purple mantle, and a red hat with a small crown and
          broad brim, with cords and tessels of a special pattern
          hanging from it.
    2. A woman's short cloak with a hood.
             Where's your cardinal! Make haste.    --Lloyd.
    3. Mulled red wine. --Hotten.
    {Cardinal bird}, or {Cardinal grosbeak} (Zo["o]l.), an
       American song bird ({Cardinalis cardinalis}, or {C.
       Virginianus}), of the family {Fringillid[ae]}, or finches
       having a bright red plumage, and a high, pointed crest on
       its head. The males have loud and musical notes resembling
       those of a fife. Other related species are also called
       cardinal birds.
    {Cardinal flower} (Bot.), an herbaceous plant ({Lobelia
       cardinalis}) bearing brilliant red flowers of much beauty.
    {Cardinal red}, a color like that of a cardinal's cassock,
       hat, etc.; a bright red, darker than scarlet, and between
       scarlet and crimson.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing a cardinal in your dream, represents vitality and happiness. It also may mean first place or your position in the front.
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