Definition of Case

1. Noun. An occurrence of something. "But there is always the famous example of the Smiths"

Exact synonyms: Example, Instance
Generic synonyms: Happening, Natural Event, Occurrence, Occurrent
Specialized synonyms: Humiliation, Mortification, Bit, Piece, Clip, Time
Derivative terms: Exemplify, Instantiate, Instantiate

2. Verb. Look over, usually with the intention to rob. "They men cased the housed"
Generic synonyms: Inspect

3. Noun. A special set of circumstances. "It may rain in which case the picnic will be canceled"
Exact synonyms: Event
Generic synonyms: Circumstance

4. Verb. Enclose in, or as if in, a case. "They case the goods"; "My feet were encased in mud"
Exact synonyms: Encase, Incase
Specialized synonyms: Pack, Box, Package, Sack, Crate
Generic synonyms: Close In, Enclose, Inclose, Shut In
Derivative terms: Casing, Encasement, Incasement

5. Noun. A comprehensive term for any proceeding in a court of law whereby an individual seeks a legal remedy. "The family brought suit against the landlord"
Exact synonyms: Causa, Cause, Lawsuit, Suit
Specialized synonyms: Civil Suit, Class Action, Class-action Suit, Countersuit, Criminal Suit, Moot, Bastardy Proceeding, Paternity Suit
Generic synonyms: Legal Proceeding, Proceeding, Proceedings
Category relationships: Jurisprudence, Law
Derivative terms: Sue

6. Noun. The actual state of things. "That was not the case"
Generic synonyms: Fact

7. Noun. A portable container for carrying several objects. "The musicians left their instrument cases backstage"

8. Noun. A person requiring professional services. "A typical case was the suburban housewife described by a marriage counselor"
Generic synonyms: Individual, Mortal, Person, Somebody, Someone, Soul
Specialized synonyms: Client, Patient, Referral, Charity Case, Welfare Case

9. Noun. 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"
Exact synonyms: Guinea Pig, Subject
Generic synonyms: Individual, Mortal, Person, Somebody, Someone, Soul
Derivative terms: Subject

10. Noun. A problem requiring investigation. "Perry Mason solved the case of the missing heir"
Generic synonyms: Problem

11. Noun. A statement of facts and reasons used to support an argument. "He stated his case clearly"
Generic synonyms: Argument, Statement

12. Noun. The quantity contained in a case.
Exact synonyms: Caseful
Generic synonyms: Containerful

13. Noun. Nouns or pronouns or adjectives (often marked by inflection) related in some way to other words in a sentence.

14. Noun. A specific state of mind that is temporary. "A case of the jitters"
Generic synonyms: Frame Of Mind, State Of Mind

15. Noun. A person of a specified kind (usually with many eccentricities). "A mental case"
Exact synonyms: Character, Eccentric, Type
Generic synonyms: Adult, Grownup
Derivative terms: Type, Typic, Typify

16. Noun. A specific size and style of type within a type family.

17. Noun. An enveloping structure or covering enclosing an animal or plant organ or part.
Exact synonyms: Sheath
Specialized synonyms: Theca, Lorica, Medullary Sheath, Myelin Sheath, Neurilemma, Neurolemma, Husk
Generic synonyms: Cover, Covering, Natural Covering

18. Noun. The housing or outer covering of something. "The clock has a walnut case"
Exact synonyms: Casing, Shell
Specialized synonyms: Boot, Gear Box, Gear Case, Gearbox, Jacket
Group relationships: Grandfather Clock, Longcase Clock
Generic synonyms: Housing

19. Noun. The enclosing frame around a door or window opening. "The casings had rotted away and had to be replaced"
Exact synonyms: Casing
Group relationships: Door, Doorway, Room Access, Threshold, Window
Generic synonyms: Framework

20. Noun. (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"
Exact synonyms: Compositor's Case, Typesetter's Case
Category relationships: Printing
Generic synonyms: Receptacle

21. Noun. Bed linen consisting of a cover for a pillow. "The burglar carried his loot in a pillowcase"
Exact synonyms: Pillow Slip, Pillowcase, Slip
Generic synonyms: Bed Linen

22. Noun. A glass container used to store and display items in a shop or museum or home.
Exact synonyms: Display Case, Showcase, Vitrine
Generic synonyms: Container
Specialized synonyms: Trophy Case

Definition of Case

1. n. 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.

2. v. t. To cover or protect with, or as with, a case; to inclose.

3. n. Chance; accident; hap; opportunity.

4. v. i. To propose hypothetical cases.

Definition of Case

1. Acronym. (computing software) computer-aided software engineering. ¹

2. Noun. An actual event, situation, or fact. ¹

3. Noun. A piece of work, specifically defined within a profession. ¹

4. Noun. (legal) A legal proceeding, lawsuit. ¹

5. Noun. (grammar) A specific inflection of a word depending on its function in the sentence. ¹

6. Noun. (grammar uncountable) Grammatical cases and their meanings taken either as a topic in general or within a specific language. ¹

7. Noun. (medicine) An instance of a specific condition or set of symptoms. ¹

8. Noun. A box that contains or can contain a number of identical items of manufacture. ¹

9. Noun. A piece of luggage that can be used to transport an apparatus such as a sewing machine. ¹

10. Noun. A suitcase. ¹

11. Noun. A piece of furniture, constructed partially of transparent glass or plastic, within which items can be displayed. ¹

12. Noun. The outer covering or framework of a piece of apparatus such as a computer. ¹

13. Noun. (typography) The nature of a piece of alphabetic type, whether a “capital” (upper case) or “small” (lower case) letter. ¹

14. Noun. (context: poker slang) Four of a kind. ¹

15. Noun. (American English) A unit of liquid measure used to measure sales in the beverage industry equivalent to 192 fluid ounces. ¹

16. Adjective. (context: poker slang) The last remaining card of a particular rank ¹

17. Verb. (transitive) To place (an item or items of manufacture) into a box, as in preparation for shipment. ¹

18. Verb. (transitive informal) To survey (a building or other location) surreptitiously, as in preparation for a robbery. ¹

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Definition of Case

1. to put in a case (a container or receptacle) [v CASED, CASING, CASES]

Medical Definition of Case

1. 1. An instance of disease with its attendant circumstances. Compare: patient. 2. A box or container. Origin: L. Casus, an occurrence Borderline case, a patient, whose clinical findings are suggestive, but not fully convincing, of a specific diagnosis. (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Case

cascara amara
cascara buckthorn
cascara sagrada
cascarilla bark
case (current term)
case-control study
case-fatality proportion
case-hardened steel
case-to-infection proportion
case-to-infection ratio

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