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English noun: case

1. case (event) an occurrence of something


SamplesIt was a case of bad judgment.
Another instance occurred yesterday.
But there is always the famous example of the Smiths.


Synonymsexample, instance


Broader (hypernym)happening, natural event, occurrence, occurrent


Narrower (hyponym)bit, clip, humiliation, mortification, piece, time

2. case (state) a special set of circumstances


SamplesIn that event, the first possibility is excluded.
It may rain in which case the picnic will be canceled.


Synonymsevent


Broader (hypernym)circumstance

3. case (act) a comprehensive term for any proceeding in a court of law whereby an individual seeks a legal remedy


SamplesThe family brought suit against the landlord.


Synonymscausa, cause, lawsuit, suit


Broader (hypernym)legal proceeding, proceeding, proceedings


Narrower (hyponym)bastardy proceeding, civil suit, class action, class-action suit, countersuit, criminal suit, moot, paternity suit


Domain categoryjurisprudence, law

4. case (cognition) the actual state of things


SamplesThat was not the case.


Broader (hypernym)fact

5. case (artifact) a portable container for carrying several objects


SamplesThe musicians left their instrument cases backstage.


Broader (hypernym)container


Narrower (hyponym)baggage, billfold, briefcase, cardcase, cigarette case, compact, dispatch box, dispatch case, glasses case, gun case, kit, letter case, locket, luggage, notecase, pillbox, pocketbook, portfolio, powder compact, quiver, shoe, sleeve, wallet, watch case, writing desk

6. case (person) a person requiring professional services


SamplesA typical case was the suburban housewife described by a marriage counselor.


Broader (hypernym)individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul


Narrower (hyponym)charity case, client, patient, referral, welfare case

7. case (person) a person who is subjected to experimental or other observational procedures; someone who is an object of investigation


SamplesThe subjects for this investigation were selected randomly.
The cases that we studied were drawn from two different communities.


Synonymsguinea pig, subject


Broader (hypernym)individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul

8. case (communication) a problem requiring investigation


SamplesPerry Mason solved the case of the missing heir.


Broader (hypernym)problem

9. case (communication) a statement of facts and reasons used to support an argument


SamplesHe stated his case clearly.


Broader (hypernym)argument, statement

10. case (quantity) the quantity contained in a case


Synonymscaseful


Broader (hypernym)containerful

11. case (communication) nouns or pronouns or adjectives (often marked by inflection) related in some way to other words in a sentence


Synonymsgrammatical case


Broader (hypernym)grammatical category, syntactic category


Narrower (hyponym)nominative, nominative case, oblique, oblique case, subject case

12. case (state) a specific state of mind that is temporary


SamplesA case of the jitters.


Broader (hypernym)frame of mind, state of mind

13. case (person) a person of a specified kind (usually with many eccentricities)


SamplesA real character.
A strange character.
A friendly eccentric.
The capable type.
A mental case.


Synonymscharacter, eccentric, type


Broader (hypernym)adult, grownup

14. case (communication) a specific size and style of type within a type family


Synonymsface, font, fount, typeface


Broader (hypernym)type


Narrower (hyponym)bicameral script, black letter, bold, bold face, boldface, cartridge font, constant-width font, fixed-width font, font cartridge, Gothic, Helvetica, italic, monospaced font, proportional font, raster font, sans serif, screen font, typewriter font, unicameral script


Member meronymtype family

15. case (body) an enveloping structure or covering enclosing an animal or plant organ or part


Synonymssheath


Broader (hypernym)cover, covering, natural covering


Narrower (hyponym)husk, lorica, medullary sheath, myelin sheath, neurilemma, neurolemma, theca

16. case (artifact) the housing or outer covering of something


SamplesThe clock has a walnut case.


Synonymscasing, shell


Broader (hypernym)housing


Narrower (hyponym)boot, gear box, gear case, gearbox, jacket


Part meronymgrandfather clock, longcase clock

17. case (artifact) the enclosing frame around a door or window opening


SamplesThe casings had rotted away and had to be replaced.


Synonymscasing


Broader (hypernym)framework


Part meronymdoor, doorway, room access, threshold, window

18. case (artifact) (printing) the receptacle in which a compositor has his type, which is divided into compartments for the different letters, spaces, or numbers


SamplesFor English, a compositor will ordinarily have two such cases, the upper case containing the capitals and the lower case containing the small letters.


Synonymscompositor's case, typesetter's case


Broader (hypernym)receptacle


Domain categoryprinting

19. case (artifact) bed linen consisting of a cover for a pillow


SamplesThe burglar carried his loot in a pillowcase.


Synonymspillow slip, pillowcase, slip


Broader (hypernym)bed linen

20. case (artifact) a glass container used to store and display items in a shop or museum or home


Synonymsdisplay case, showcase, vitrine


Broader (hypernym)container


Narrower (hyponym)trophy case


English verb: case

1. case (perception) look over, usually with the intention to rob


SamplesThey men cased the housed.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)inspect

2. case (contact) enclose in, or as if in, a case


SamplesMy feet were encased in mud.


ExamplesThey case the goods


Synonymsencase, incase


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP


Broader (hypernym)close in, enclose, inclose, shut in


Narrower (hyponym)box, crate, pack, package, sack









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