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  1. being or denoting a numerical quantity but not order; "cardinal numbers" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. crested thick-billed North American finch having bright red plumage in the male Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. a variable color averaging a vivid red Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. (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 Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. the number of elements in a mathematical set; denotes a quantity but not the order Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. Of fundamental importance; preeminent; superior; chief; principal. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. One of the ecclesiastical princes who constitute the pope's council, or the sacred college. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. A woman's short cloak with a hood. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. Mulled red wine. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. Chief; important; of a rich red color; necessary; as, justice is one of the cardinal virtues. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  12. A high official in the Roman Catholic Church, appointed by the Pope; a cardinal-bird; a rich red color. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  13. 1. Of special importance. 2. Of a deep-red, nearly scarlet, color. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  14. Principal part; important. Warner's pocket medical dictionary of today. By William R. Warner. Published 1898.
  15. Denoting that on which a thing hinges or depends: principal. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  16. A dignitary in the R. C. Church next to the pope. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  17. A dignitary of the Catholic church. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  18. Principal; chief; pre-eminent. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  19. Of prime importance; chief. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  20. Of a rich red color; vermilion. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  21. One of the princes of the Roman Catholic Church. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  22. The American red bird, a red crested finch. cardinalbird. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  23. A bright and rich red color. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  24. Chief; principal; pre-eminent, or fundamental. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  25. A dignitary of the Roman Church, next in rank to the Pope; a woman's short cloak: mulled red wine. Cardinal numbers, the numbers one, two, three, &c., in distinction from first, second, third, &c., which are ordinal numbers. Cardinal points, the four points of the compass. Cardinal signs, Aries, Libra, Cancer, and Capricorn, or the two equinoxes and two solstices. Cardinal virtues, with the ancients. Prudence, Temperance, Justice, and Fortitude. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  26. That on which other things turn; chief; principal; fundamental. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  27. A dignitary of the R. Cath. Ch. next in rank to the Pope. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  28. The hinge of a bivalve shell, or to the cardo of many insects. A dictionary of scientific terms. By Henderson, I. F.; Henderson, W. D. Published 1920.
  29. [Latin] Pert. that upon which something depends or hinges; pert. hinge of bivalve shell, or to cardo of insects; appl. points for plant growth; minimum, optimum, and maximum temperatures or temperature ranges. na
  30. Eccl. law. The title given to one of tho highest dignitaries of the court of Rome. Cardinals are next to the pope in dignity; he is elected by them and out of their body. There are cardinal bishops, cardinal priests, and cardinal deacons. See Fleury, Hist. Eccles. liv. xxxv. n. 17, Ii. n. 19 Thomassin, part ii. liv. i. oh. 53, part iv. liv. i. c. 79, 80 Loiseau, Traite des Ordres, c. 3, n. 31; Andre, Droit Canon, au mot. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  31. Of fundamental importance; pre dictgcide_fs
  32. the cardinal bird, also called the northern cardinal. dictgcide_fs
  33. kär'din-al, adj. denoting that on which a thing hinges or depends: principal; of a deep scarlet colour, like a cardinal's cassock.--n. one of the seventy princes of the church constituting the sacred college at Rome, to whom pertains the right of electing a new pope: a short cloak, formerly worn by ladies.--ns. CAR'DINALATE, CAR'DINALSHIP, the office or dignity of a cardinal; CAR'DINAL-BIRD, a species of grosbeak, one of the finest song-birds of America, probably so called from its red plumage.--adv. CAR'DINALLY, fundamentally: (Shak., Measure for Measure, II. i. 81) carnally.--CARDINAL FLOWER (see LOBELIA); CARDINAL NUMBERS, numbers expressing how many; CARDINAL POINTS, the four chief points of the compass--north, south, east, and west; CARDINAL VIRTUES, justice, prudence, temperance, fortitude, so called because the whole of human nature was supposed to hinge or turn upon them--the natural as distinguished from the theological virtues. [Fr.--L. cardinalis--cardo, cardinis, a hinge.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  34. C-, a. & n. On which something hinges, fundamental, important, (c. virtues, the four natural& three theological, see VIRTUE; c. numbers, the simple ones, as one, six, of. ORDINAL; c. points, winds, North, S., E., W.; c. church hist., one of principal churches in Rome, to which others were subordinate, whence Cardinal, noun, orig. person in charge of one of these, now one of seventy princes of R.-C. Ch., members of Pope\'s council of 6 c. bishops, 50 c. priests, & 14 c. deacons, & electors of new Pope, whence cardinalate, cardinalship, nn.; also prefixed to other titles, as C.-Legate), whence cardinally adv.; of deep scarlet; woman\'s short hooded (orig. scarlet) cloak; small scarlet bird; (Zool.) of the hinge of a bivalve; c.-flower, Scarlet Lobelia. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  35. Of special importance. American pocket medical dictionary.
  36. The first American cardinal was John McCloskey, archbishop of New York, who was made a cardinal in 1875. Upon his death in 1885 Archbishop Gibbons, of Baltimore, was made a cardinal (1886). Dictionary of United States history
  37. [L.] (Eccl. Hist.) The title of the seven bishops of Rome, and of the clergy of the twenty-eight principal churches of the city, who composed the College of Cardinals. This college now has generally seventy members. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  38. n. One of the seventy ecclesiastical princes who constitute the pope's council;—a woman's short cloak. Cabinet Dictionary
  39. One of the chief governors of the church. Complete Dictionary
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