meaning of case

1. A box, sheath, or covering; as, a case for holding goods; a case for spectacles; the case of a watch; the case (capsule) of a cartridge; a case (cover) for a book.
A box and its contents; the quantity contained in a box; as, a case of goods; a case of instruments.
A shallow tray divided into compartments or "boxes" for holding type.
An inclosing frame; a casing; as, a door case; a window case.
A small fissure which admits water to the workings.
A knife carried in a sheath or case.
A large table knife; -- so called from being formerly kept in a case.
To cover or protect with, or as with, a case; to inclose.
To strip the skin from; as, to case a box.
Chance; accident; hap; opportunity.
That which befalls, comes, or happens; an event; an instance; a circumstance, or all the circumstances; condition; state of things; affair; as, a strange case; a case of injustice; the case of the Indian tribes.
A patient under treatment; an instance of sickness or injury; as, ten cases of fever; also, the history of a disease or injury.
The matters of fact or conditions involved in a suit, as distinguished from the questions of law; a suit or action at law; a cause.
One of the forms, or the inflections or changes of form, of a noun, pronoun, or adjective, which indicate its relation to other words, and in the aggregate constitute its declension; the relation which a noun or pronoun sustains to some other word.
To propose hypothetical cases.
A collection of small projectiles, inclosed in a case or canister.
CASE 1. Computer Aided Software Engineering. 2. Common Application Service Element. case 1. switch statement. 2. Whether a character is a capital letter "upper case" - ABC. . Z or a small letter "lower case" - abc. . z. The term case comes from the printing trade when the use of moving type was invented in the early Middle Ages Caxton or Gutenberg? and the letters for each font were stored in a box with two sections or "cases", the upper case was for the capital letters and the lower case was for the small letters. The Oxford Universal Dictionary of Historical Principles Feb 1993, reprinted 1952 indicates that this usage of "case" as the box or frame used by a compositor in the printing trade was first used in 1588.

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