Meaning of case

Definition of case

(noun) an occurrence of something; "it was a case of bad judgment"; "another instance occurred yesterday"; "but there is always the famous example of the Smiths"
a special set of circumstances; "in that event, the first possibility is excluded"; "it may rain in which case the picnic will be canceled"
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"
the actual state of things; "that was not the case"
a portable container for carrying several objects; "the musicians left their instrument cases backstage"
a person requiring professional services; "a typical case was the suburban housewife described by a marriage counselor"
a person who is subjected to experimental or other observational procedures; someone who is an object of investigation; "the subjects for this investigation were selected randomly"; "the cases that we studied were drawn from two different communities"
a problem requiring investigation; "Perry Mason solved the case of the missing heir"
a statement of facts and reasons used to support an argument; "he stated his case clearly"
nouns or pronouns or adjectives (often marked by inflection) related in some way to other words in a sentence
a specific state of mind that is temporary; "a case of the jitters"
a person of a specified kind (usually with many eccentricities); "a real character"; "a strange character"; "a friendly eccentric"; "the capable type"; "a mental case"
the housing or outer covering of something; "the clock has a walnut case"
the enclosing frame around a door or window opening; "the casings had rotted away and had to be replaced"
(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"
bed linen consisting of a cover for a pillow; "the burglar carried his loot in a pillowcase"
a glass container used to store and display items in a shop or museum or home
(verb) look over, usually with the intention to rob; "They men cased the housed"
enclose in, or as if in, a case; "my feet were encased in mud"

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