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noun Case
  1. A box, sheath, or covering; as, a case for holding goods; a case for spectacles; the case of a watch; the casecapsule) of a cartridge; a casecover) for a book.
  2. A box and its contents; the quantity contained in a box; as, a case of goods; a case of instruments.
  3. [Print] A shallow tray divided into compartments or “boxes” for holding type.
  4. An inclosing frame; a casing; as, a door case; a window case .
  5. [Mining] A small fissure which admits water to the workings.

Note: Cases for type are usually arranged in sets of two, called respectively the upper and the lower case. The upper case contains capitals, small capitals, accented and marked letters, fractions, and marks of reference: the lower case contains the small letters, figures, marks of punctuation, quadrats, and spaces.

Etymology: OF. casse, F. caissecf. It. cassa), fr. L. capsa chest, box, case, fr. capere to take, hold. See Capacious, and cf. 4th Chase Cash Enchase, 3d Sash

verb Case
  1. To cover or protect with, or as with, a case; to inclose."The man who, cased in steel, had passed whole days and nights in the saddle." [Prescott.]
  2. To strip the skin from; as, to case a box.(Obs)
noun Case
  1. Chance; accident; hap; opportunity.(Obs)"By aventure, or sort, or cas." [Chaucer.]
  2. 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."In any case thou shalt deliver him the pledge." [Deut. xxiv. 13.]"If the case of the man be so with his wife." [Matt. xix. 10.]"And when a lady's in the case You know all other things give place." [Gay.]"You think this madness but a common case." [Pope.]"I am in case to justle a constable," [Shak.]
  3. [Med. & Surg] A patient under treatment; an instance of sickness or injury; as, ten cases of fever; also, the history of a disease or injury."A proper remedy in hypochondriacal cases." [Arbuthnot.]
  4. [Law] 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."Let us consider the reason of the case, for nothing is law that is not reason." [Sir John Powell.]"Not one case in the reports of our courts." [Steele.]
  5. [Gram] 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." Case is properly a falling off from the nominative or first state of word; the name for which, however, is now, by extension of its signification, applied also to the nominative." [J. W. Gibbs.]
    synonyms: Situation, condition, state; circumstances; plight; predicament; occurrence; contingency; accident; event; conjuncture; cause; action; suit.

Note: Cases other than the nominative are oblique cases. Case endings are terminations by which certain cases are distinguished. In old English, as in Latin, nouns had several cases distinguished by case endings, but in modern English only that of the possessive case is retained.

Etymology: F. cas, fr. L. casus, fr. cadere to fall, to happen. Cf. Chance

verb Case
To propose hypothetical cases.
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  1. A comprehensive term for any proceeding in a court of law whereby an individual seeks a legal remedy
  2. A portable container for carrying several objects ("the musicians left their instrument cases backstage")
  3. A glass container used to store and display items in a shop or museum or home
  4. Bed linen consisting of a cover for a pillow ("the burglar carried his loot in a pillowcase")
  5. (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")
  6. The enclosing frame around a door or window opening
  7. The housing or outer covering of something ("the clock has a walnut case")
  8. An enveloping structure or covering enclosing an animal or plant organ or part
  9. The actual state of things ("that was not the case")
  10. Nouns or pronouns or adjectives (often marked by inflection) related in some way to other words in a sentence
  11. A statement of facts and reasons used to support an argument ("he stated his case clearly")
  12. A problem requiring investigation ("Perry Mason solved the case of the missing heir")
  13. A specific size and style of type within a type family
  14. An occurrence of something ("it was a case of bad judgment")
  15. A person requiring professional services ("a typical case was the suburban housewife described by a marriage counselor")
  16. A person of a specified kind (usually with many eccentricities) ("a mental case")
  17. 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")
  18. The quantity contained in a case
  19. A special set of circumstances ("it may rain in which case the picnic will be canceled")
  20. A specific state of mind that is temporary ("a case of the jitters")
  21. Enclose in, or as if in, a case ("my feet were encased in mud")
  22. Look over, usually with the intention to rob ("They men cased the housed")

Capitalization by Noam Chomsky.

  1. (grammar) abstract feature of a noun phrase that determines its function in a sentence, such as a grammatical case and a position.

    Case was also found in the following language(s): Luxembourgish

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    How popular is the baby name Case in the U.S.?

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    Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
    1959 5 0 5
    1960 5 0 5
    1961 6 0 6
    1962 5 0 5
    1964 6 0 6
    1965 5 0 5
    1967 5 0 5
    1968 7 0 7
    1969 7 0 7
    1970 6 0 6
    1971 15 0 15
    1972 10 0 10
    1973 8 0 8
    1974 14 0 14
    1975 11 0 11
    1976 17 0 17
    1977 8 0 8
    1978 13 0 13
    1979 12 0 12
    1980 16 0 16
    1981 15 0 15
    1982 21 0 21
    1983 22 0 22
    1984 30 0 30
    1985 31 0 31
    1986 36 0 36
    1987 36 0 36
    1988 35 0 35
    1989 37 0 37
    1990 38 0 38
    1991 28 0 28
    1992 36 0 36
    1993 37 0 37
    1994 40 0 40
    1995 47 0 47
    1996 64 0 64
    1997 75 0 75
    1998 75 0 75
    1999 92 0 92
    2000 86 0 86
    2001 94 0 94
    2002 136 0 136
    2003 117 0 117
    2004 139 0 139
    2005 147 0 147
    2006 196 0 196
    2007 211 0 211
    2008 207 0 207
    2009 249 0 249
    2010 329 0 329
    2011 352 0 352
    2012 527 0 527
    2013 531 0 531
    2014 621 0 621
    2015 526 0 526
    2016 518 0 518
    2017 439 0 439
    * Years where the name was given to 5 or fewer babies will show zero to respect privacy.

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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Case U.S.
      White 92.33% 64.26%
      African American 2.12% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.65% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 1.01% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 1.73% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 2.16% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Case

    People with the last name Case are most frequently White

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    Fun Facts about the name Case

    • How Popular is the name Case? Case is the 3,254th most popular name of all time. As a last name Case was the 885th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Case have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 6,401 babies born with the first name Case in the United States. That's more than enough people named Case to occupy the territory of Saint Pierre and Miquelon (France) with an estimated population of 6,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Case? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1959 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
    • When was Case first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Case is Saturday, October 5th, 1878.
    • What year had the most people named Case born? The highest recorded use of the first name Case was in 2014 with a total of 621 babies.
    • Random Case Factoid: According to the 2012 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Case is not a popular baby boy's name in New York. Imagine that, only 6 babies in New York have the same name as you in 2012.
    • Weird things about the name Case: Your name in reverse order is Esac. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Acse. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Case? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 39,319 people with the last name Case.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Case? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 13 of them will have Case as their last name.

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    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
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