case 2 (kās)
1. A container; a receptacle: a jewelry case; meat-filled cases of dough.
2. A container with its contents.
3. A decorative or protective covering or cover.
4. A set or pair: a case of pistols.
5. The frame or framework of a window, door, or stairway.
6. The surface or outer layer of a metal alloy.
a. A shallow compartmented tray for storing type or type matrices.
b. The form of a written, printed, or keyed letter that distinguishes it as being lowercase or uppercase: typed the password using the wrong case.
tr.v. cased, cas·ing, cas·es
1. To put into or cover with a case; encase.
2. Slang To examine carefully, as in planning a crime: cased the bank before robbing it.
[Middle English, from Norman French casse, from Latin capsa.]
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