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Meaning of case

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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

  case
      n 1: 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" [syn:
           {case}, {instance}, {example}]
      2: a special set of circumstances; "in that event, the first
         possibility is excluded"; "it may rain in which case the
         picnic will be canceled" [syn: {event}, {case}]
      3: 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" [syn: {lawsuit}, {suit},
         {case}, {cause}, {causa}]
      4: the actual state of things; "that was not the case"
      5: a portable container for carrying several objects; "the
         musicians left their instrument cases backstage"
      6: a person requiring professional services; "a typical case was
         the suburban housewife described by a marriage counselor"
      7: 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" [syn: {subject}, {case},
         {guinea pig}]
      8: a problem requiring investigation; "Perry Mason solved the
         case of the missing heir"
      9: a statement of facts and reasons used to support an argument;
         "he stated his case clearly"
      10: the quantity contained in a case [syn: {case}, {caseful}]
      11: nouns or pronouns or adjectives (often marked by inflection)
          related in some way to other words in a sentence [syn:
          {case}, {grammatical case}]
      12: a specific state of mind that is temporary; "a case of the
          jitters"
      13: 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"
          [syn: {character}, {eccentric}, {type}, {case}]
      14: a specific size and style of type within a type family [syn:
          {font}, {fount}, {typeface}, {face}, {case}]
      15: an enveloping structure or covering enclosing an animal or
          plant organ or part [syn: {sheath}, {case}]
      16: the housing or outer covering of something; "the clock has a
          walnut case" [syn: {shell}, {case}, {casing}]
      17: the enclosing frame around a door or window opening; "the
          casings had rotted away and had to be replaced" [syn:
          {casing}, {case}]
      18: (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" [syn: {case}, {compositor's case}, {typesetter's
          case}]
      19: bed linen consisting of a cover for a pillow; "the burglar
          carried his loot in a pillowcase" [syn: {case},
          {pillowcase}, {slip}, {pillow slip}]
      20: a glass container used to store and display items in a shop
          or museum or home [syn: {case}, {display case}, {showcase},
          {vitrine}]
      v 1: look over, usually with the intention to rob; "They men
           cased the housed"
      2: enclose in, or as if in, a case; "my feet were encased in
         mud" [syn: {encase}, {incase}, {case}]


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