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Noun: case  keys
  1. An occurrence of something
    "it was a case of bad judgment";
    - instance, example
     
  2. A special set of circumstances
    "it may rain in which case the picnic will be cancelled";
    - event
     
  3. (law) a comprehensive term for any proceeding in a court of law whereby an individual seeks a legal remedy
    - lawsuit, suit, cause, causa
     
  4. The actual state of things
    "that was not the case"
     
  5. A portable container for carrying several objects
    "the musicians left their instrument cases backstage"
     
  6. A person requiring professional services
    "a typical case was the suburban housewife described by a marriage counsellor"
     
  7. A person who is subjected to experimental or other observational procedures; someone who is an object of investigation
    "the cases that we studied were drawn from two different communities";
    - subject, guinea pig
     
  8. A problem requiring investigation
    "Perry Mason solved the case of the missing heir"
     
  9. A statement of facts and reasons used to support an argument
    "he stated his case clearly"
     
  10. The quantity contained in a case
    - caseful
     
  11. Nouns, pronouns or adjectives (often marked by inflection) related in some way to other words in a sentence
    - grammatical case
     
  12. A specific state of mind that is temporary
    "a case of the jitters"
     
  13. A person of a specified kind (usually with many eccentricities)
    "a mental case";
    - character, eccentric, type
     
  14. A specific size and style of type within a type family
    - font, fount [Brit], typeface, face
     
  15. An enveloping structure or covering enclosing an animal or plant organ or part
    - sheath
     
  16. The housing or outer covering of something
    "the clock has a walnut case";
    - shell, casing
     
  17. The enclosing frame around a door or window opening
    "the cases had rotted away and had to be replaced";
    - casing
     
  18. (printing) the receptacle in which a compositor has his type, which is divided into compartments for the different letters, spaces, or numbers
    "for English, a compositor will ordinarily have two such cases, the upper case containing the capitals and the lower case containing the small letters";
    - compositor's case, typesetter's case
     
  19. Bed linen consisting of a cover for a pillow
    "the burglar carried his loot in a case";
    - pillowcase, slip, pillow slip
     
  20. A glass container used to store and display items in a shop, museum or home
    - display case, showcase, vitrine
Verb: case  keys
  1. Look over, usually with the intention to rob
    "The men cased the housed"
     
  2. Enclose in, or as if in, a case
    "my feet were cased in mud";
    - encase, incase

Derived forms: casing, cased, cases

Type of: adult, argument, bed linen, circumstance, close in, container, containerful, cover, covering, enclose, fact, frame of mind, framework, grammatical category, grownup, happening, housing, inclose, individual, inspect, legal proceeding, mortal, natural covering, natural event, occurrence, occurrent, person, problem, proceeding, proceedings, receptacle, shut in, somebody, someone, soul, state of mind, statement, syntactic category, type

Part of: door, doorway, grandfather clock, longcase clock, room access, threshold, type family, window

Encyclopedia: Case