"cases" in the noun sense
1. case, instance, example
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"
2. event, case
a special set of circumstances
"in that event, the first possibility is excluded"
"it may rain in which case the picnic will be canceled"
3. lawsuit, suit, case, cause, causa
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"
7. subject, case, guinea pig
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"
10. case, caseful
the quantity contained in a case
11. case, grammatical case
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"
13. character, eccentric, type, case
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"
14. font, fount, typeface, face, case
a specific size and style of type within a type family
15. sheath, case
an enveloping structure or covering enclosing an animal or plant organ or part
16. shell, case, casing
the housing or outer covering of something
"the clock has a walnut case"
17. casing, case
the enclosing frame around a door or window opening
"the casings had rotted away and had to be replaced"
18. case, compositor's case, typesetter's case
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"
19. case, pillowcase, slip, pillow slip
bed linen consisting of a cover for a pillow
"the burglar carried his loot in a pillowcase"
20. case, display case, showcase, vitrine
a glass container used to store and display items in a shop or museum or home
"cases" in the verb sense
look over, usually with the intention to rob
"They men cased the housed"
2. encase, incase, case
enclose in, or as if in, a case
"my feet were encased in mud"
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