a glass container used to store and display items in a shop or museum or home
- display case
bed linen consisting of a cover for a pillow
"the burglar carried his loot in a pillowcase"
- pillow slip
(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"
- compositor's case - typesetter's case
the enclosing frame around a door or window opening
"the casings had rotted away and had to be replaced"
the housing or outer covering of something
"the clock has a walnut case"
an enveloping structure or covering enclosing an animal or plant organ or part
a specific size and style of type within a type family
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"
a specific state of mind that is temporary
"a case of the jitters"
nouns or pronouns or adjectives (often marked by inflection) related in some way to other words in a sentence
- grammatical case
the quantity contained in a case
a statement of facts and reasons used to support an argument
"he stated his case clearly"
a problem requiring investigation
"Perry Mason solved the case of the missing heir"
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"
- guinea pig
a person requiring professional services
"a typical case was the suburban housewife described by a marriage counselor"
a portable container for carrying several objects
"the musicians left their instrument cases backstage"
the actual state of things
"that was not the case"
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"
a special set of circumstances
"in that event, the first possibility is excluded"
"it may rain in which case the picnic will be canceled"
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"
enclose in, or as if in, a case
"my feet were encased in mud"
look over, usually with the intention to rob
"They men cased the housed"