case meaning

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case verb
1. (inspect) look over, usually with the intention to rob
  • "They men cased the housed"
case noun
1. (happening) an occurrence of something
Related: instance, example
  • "it was a case of bad judgment"
  • "another instance occurred yesterday"
  • "but there is always the famous example of the Smiths"
2. (fact) the actual state of things
  • "that was not the case"
3. (container) a portable container for carrying several objects
  • "the musicians left their instrument cases backstage"
4. (person) a person requiring professional services
  • "a typical case was the suburban housewife described by a marriage counselor"
5. (problem) a problem requiring investigation
  • "Perry Mason solved the case of the missing heir"
6. (argument) a statement of facts and reasons used to support an argument
  • "he stated his case clearly"
7. (containerful) the quantity contained in a case
Related: caseful
8. (grammatical_category) nouns or pronouns or adjectives (often marked by inflection) related in some way to other words in a sentence
Related: grammatical_case
9. (state_of_mind) a specific state of mind that is temporary
  • "a case of the jitters"
10. (receptacle) (printing) the receptacle in which a compositor has his type, which is divided into compartments for the different letters, spaces, or numbers
Related: compositor's_case, typesetter's_case
  • "for English, a compositor will ordinarily have two such cases, the upper case containing the capitals and the lower case containing the small letters"
11. (bed_linen) bed linen consisting of a cover for a pillow
Related: pillowcase, slip, pillow_slip
  • "the burglar carried his loot in a pillowcase"
12. (container) a glass container used to store and display items in a shop or museum or home
Related: display_case, showcase, vitrine
subject noun
1. (person) a person who is subjected to experimental or other observational procedures; someone who is an object of investigation
Related: case, guinea_pig
  • "the subjects for this investigation were selected randomly"
  • "the cases that we studied were drawn from two different communities"
character noun
1. (adult) a person of a specified kind (usually with many eccentricities)
Related: eccentric, type, case
  • "a real character"
  • "a strange character"
  • "a friendly eccentric"
  • "the capable type"
  • "a mental case"
event noun
1. (circumstance) a special set of circumstances
Related: case
  • "in that event, the first possibility is excluded"
  • "it may rain in which case the picnic will be canceled"
shell noun
1. (housing) the housing or outer covering of something
Related: case, casing
  • "the clock has a walnut case"
font noun
1. (type) a specific size and style of type within a type family
Related: fount, typeface, face, case
sheath noun
1. (covering) an enveloping structure or covering enclosing an animal or plant organ or part
Related: case
lawsuit noun
1. (proceeding) a comprehensive term for any proceeding in a court of law whereby an individual seeks a legal remedy
Related: suit, case, cause, causa
  • "the family brought suit against the landlord"
casing noun
1. (framework) the enclosing frame around a door or window opening
Related: case
  • "the casings had rotted away and had to be replaced"
encase verb
1. (enclose) enclose in, or as if in, a case
Related: incase, case
  • "my feet were encased in mud"
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