lower case

[ loh-er ]
/ ˈloʊ ər /

noun Printing.

See under case2(def 8).

Origin of lower case

First recorded in 1675–85

Definition for lower-case (2 of 2)

case

2
[ keys ]
/ keɪs /

noun

verb (used with object), cased, cas·ing.

Origin of case

2
1250–1300; Middle English cas < Anglo-French cas(s)e, Old French chasse < Latin capsa cylindrical case for holding books in scroll form, receptacle

Related forms

cas·er, nounwell-cased, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for lower-case (1 of 3)

case

1
/ (keɪs) /

noun

Word Origin for case

Old English casus (grammatical) case, associated also with Old French cas a happening; both from Latin cāsus, a befalling, occurrence, from cadere to fall

British Dictionary definitions for lower-case (2 of 3)

case

2
/ (keɪs) /

noun

verb (tr)

to put into or cover with a caseto case the machinery
slang to inspect carefully (esp a place to be robbed)

Word Origin for case

C13: from Old French casse, from Latin capsa, from capere to take, hold

British Dictionary definitions for lower-case (3 of 3)

lower case


noun

a compositor's type case, in which the small letters are kept

adjective lower-case

of or relating to small letters

verb lower-case

(tr) to print with lower-case letters
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Medicine definitions for lower-case

case

[ kās ]

n.

An occurrence of a disease or disorder.
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Culture definitions for lower-case

case


A grammatical category indicating whether nouns and pronouns are functioning as the subject of a sentence (nominative case) or the object of a sentence (objective case), or are indicating possession (possessive case). He is in the nominative case, him is in the objective case, and his is in the possessive case. In a language such as English, nouns do not change their form in the nominative or objective case. Only pronouns do. Thus, ball stays the same in both “the ball is thrown,” where it is the subject, and in “Harry threw the ball,” where it is the object.

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Idioms and Phrases with lower-case

case


In addition to the idiom beginning with case

  • case in point

also see:

  • basket case
  • get down to brass tacks (cases)
  • have a case on
  • in any case
  • in case of
  • in no case
  • in the case of
  • just in case
  • make a federal case
  • off someone's back (case)
  • open and shut case
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