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Definition of case:

  1. A box and its contents; the quantity contained in a box; as, a case of goods; a case of instruments.
  2. A box, sheath, or covering; as, a case for holding goods; a case for spectacles; the case of a watch; the case ( capsule) of a cartridge; a case ( cover) for a book.
  3. A patient under treatment; an instance of sickness or injury; as, ten cases of fever; also, the history of a disease or injury.
  4. A shallow tray divided into compartments or boxes for holding type.
  5. A small fissure which admits water to the workings.
  6. An inclosing frame; a casing; as, a door case; a window case.
  7. Chance; accident; hap; opportunity.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. To cover or protect with, or as with, a case; to inclose.
  12. To propose hypothetical cases.
  13. To strip the skin from; as, to case a box.


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