|1.||[ noun ] (law) a comprehensive term for any proceeding in a court of law whereby an individual seeks a legal remedy|
|Synonyms:||suit cause causa lawsuit|
"the family brought suit against the landlord"
|Related terms:||proceeding civil_suit criminal_suit bastardy_proceeding countersuit moot class-action_suit law|
|2.||[ noun ] 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"
|Related terms:||happening time piece humiliation exemplify|
|3.||[ noun ] a special set of circumstances|
"in that event, the first possibility is excluded" "it may rain in which case the picnic will be canceled"
|4.||[ noun ] a problem requiring investigation|
"Perry Mason solved the case of the missing heir"
|5.||[ noun ] the actual state of things|
"that was not the case"
|6.||[ noun ] a statement of facts and reasons used to support an argument|
"he stated his case clearly"
|7.||[ noun ] a portable container for carrying several objects|
"the musicians left their instrument cases backstage"
|Related terms:||container baggage briefcase kit wallet portfolio compact writing_desk shoe gun_case glasses_case letter_case cigarette_case cardcase pillbox sleeve locket watch_case quiver dispatch_case encase|
|8.||[ noun ] 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"
|9.||[ noun ] a person requiring professional services|
"a typical case was the suburban housewife described by a marriage counselor"
|Related terms:||person patient client welfare_case|
|10.||[ noun ] the quantity contained in a case|
|Related terms:||containerful encase|
|11.||[ noun ] a glass container used to store and display items in a shop or museum or home|
|Related terms:||container trophy_case encase|
|12.||[ noun ] (grammar) nouns or pronouns or adjectives (often marked by inflection) related in some way to other words in a sentence|
|Related terms:||grammatical_category oblique nominative|
|13.||[ noun ] the housing or outer covering of something|
"the clock has a walnut case"
|Related terms:||housing gearbox boot jacket grandfather_clock|
|14.||[ noun ] a person of a specified kind (usually with many eccentricities)|
|Synonyms:||type character eccentric|
"a real character" "a strange character" "a friendly eccentric" "the capable type" "a mental case"
|Related terms:||adult type|
|15.||[ verb ] look over, usually with the intention to rob|
"They men cased the housed"
|16.||[ verb ] put into a case|
|17.||[ noun ] a specific state of mind that is temporary|
"a case of the jitters"
|18.||[ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 813|
|19.||[ verb ] enclose in, or as if in, a case "my feet were encased in mud."|
|Related terms:||enclose pack box crate sack shell encasement|
|20.||[ noun ] the enclosing frame around a door or window opening|
"the casings had rotted away and had to be replaced"
|Related terms:||framework window doorway|
|21.||[ noun ] an enveloping structure or covering enclosing an animal or plant organ or part|
|Related terms:||covering lorica neurilemma theca husk medullary_sheath encase|
|22.||[ noun ] bed linen consisting of a cover for a pillow|
|Synonyms:||slip pillow_slip pillowcase|
"the burglar carried his loot in a pillowcase"