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Cart, Cairt, n.2 Also: carte. [ME. carte (Gower), e.m.E. carte, cart, F. carte. In sense 1 only Sc. See also Kart n.2]

1. A playing card. Usu. in plural.(a) 1488 Treas. Acc. I. 95.
To the King himself to play at the cartis
Ib. 100.
To play at the dys and cartis
1497 Ib. 350.
Giffin to the King to play at the cartis with the Spanȝartis at Norem, xx vnicornis
1504 Ib. II. 455.
To the king to the cartis with Lord Dakir
c1500-c1512 Dunb. xxxix. 11.
Thair is no play bot cartis and dyce, And all for caus of covetyce
1535 Stewart 3378; Ib. 13238.
All play the quhilk mycht mak discord, And speciallie the cartis and the dyce
1531 Bell. Boece II. 216.
Than wes not usit sic hant of dise and cartis as ar now usit
c1550 Lynd. Meldrum 1050.
Till euerie solace he was abill, At cartis, and dyce, at ches, and tabill
1545 15th Rep. Hist. MSS. App. viii. 21.
And ever I happin … to play at cartis, dyse, tabblis, … wytht any man
1560 Rolland Seven S. 7560.
Scho may cast hir cartis in at the cleik Of the same sort
1581 Prot. Bk. J. Robertsone 16.
William Jak … oblegat him … to refond … fourty schillingis … for ilk tyme that he beis fundin playand at cartis or dys for the space of sewin ȝeiris
1584 Sat. P. xlv. 983.
With spreitis employed to everie vice, As whoredome, drincking, cartis, and dyce
a1585 Polwart Flyt. 598.
Hee vsed both carts and dyce, And fled no kind of vyce
a1605 Montg. Son. xx. 2.
Shaip ȝe to shift him lyk a pair of cartis
1605 Rec. Old Aberd. I. 37.
That na yeoung man … play at cartis, tabillis or dys
1695 Foulis Acc. Bk. 181.
Lost at carts and tables at Sauchie
(b) 1556 Liber Calchou 483.
Be deliuerance maid to my Lordis self that samin tyme … playing at the cairtis vij lib. iiij s.
c1500-c1512 Dunb. xxii. 68 (B).
Jok, … Can now draw him ane cleik of kirkis, With ane fals cairt in to his sleif
1558-66 Knox II. 60.
The soldiouris … fell to the dice and cairtis
a1570-86 Maitland Maitl. F. xiv. 26.
Be na dysar nor playar at the cairtis Bot gif it be for pastyme and small thing
a1578 Pitsc. I. 348/27.
To spend the teindis … on … ryottous bancating and wantoun playing at cairttis and dice
a 1595 Skene Celtic Sc. III. 432.
All … debaitts that happenis to fall betwin pairties throw playing at cairtis or dyce
1599 Elgin Rec. II. 72.
Richert Cuming … is inhibit to haunt dycing or playing at the cairtis under the paynis of making his publict repentans
1623 Black Bk. Taymouth 376.
That he sall not play at cairtis and dyce … at no tyme hierefter

2. A chart or map; a geographical survey.(a) c1515 Asl. MS. I. 153/2.
Heir followis the diuisioun of all the warld callit the cart, schortly drawyn in Ynglis
1513 Doug. iii. iii. 100.
Palynurus … For al his cunnyng of schipman craft and cart Amyd the sey forȝet the richt way
1552 Reg. Privy S. I. 125.
The indent … maid anent the divisioun of the Debatabill land, … and the cart maid thairof
1566 Prot. Bk. T. Johnstoun 100.
Ane brodit cart contenyng all cuntras
a1605 Montg. Flyt. 461.
To saill sure in a seiffe, but compas or cart
Id. Misc. P. xliv. 21.
As by the carte men knoues the arte
1642 St. A. Presb. 6.
In drawing vp the bounds of this Presbyterie for Sir Johne Scotts carte
1659 Hay Diary 118.
I … read a little whyle upon Samsons carts
1680 Breadalbane P. (Reg. H.) Tours 2 b.
For some late pieces of geography, with the carts of France
(b) 1578 Inv. Wardrobe 237.
Tua litle cairtis of the yle of Malt
c1590 Fowler 197 lxiii. 6.
Thy words the mapp and cairt is [of my love]
1590 Burel Pilgr. ii. xi.
Gif that thou culd descryue the cairt, The way thou wald go richt
1618 Lithgow Poet. Rem. 12.
I had rather see on[e] land, Be true eye-sight, than all the worlde by cairt
1641 Misc. Spald. C. I. ii.
Haveing laitly sein certane cairttis of divers schyres of this our ancient kingdome sent heir from Ansterdam
1667 Edinb. Test. LXXIII. 86.
Ane cairt … and some small instruments belonging to ane seaman

b. A genealogical chart or table. 1586 Treas. Acc. MS. 105 b.
To ane Irland man for ane cairt of genologie

3. A card; a piece of paper or cardboard. 1578 Edinb. D. Guild Acc. 63.
For twelf stand of cairtis to be tikketis
1661 Aberd. B. Rec. IV. 200.
Draughting wpone ane meikle cairt of paper this burghe … and other pairts adjacent neir therto

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