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Definition of Case


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

Case Quotations

Age is a case of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it don't matter. - Satchel Paige
Age is a case of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it don't matter.
Satchel Paige

Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.
Colin Powell

The ocean is the lifeblood of our world. If we were to lose our fish that we appreciate so much by overfishing; or if we were to lose some of our favorite beaches to overbuilding and pollution, then how would we feel? It's become a case of not knowing what you've got until it's gone.
Aaron Peirsol

Winter makes a bridge between one year and another and, in this case, one century and the next.
Andy Goldsworthy

My fascination with letting images repeat and repeat - or in film's case 'run on' - manifests my belief that we spend much of our lives seeing without observing.
Andy Warhol
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Case Translations

case in Afrikaans is saak, ding
case in Dutch is affaire, zaak, aangelegenheid, ding
case in Finnish is asia
case in Italian is tasca, valigia, affare, astuccio, decadimento
case in Latin is theca, causa
case in Norwegian is anliggende
case in Portuguese is caso, assunto
case in Spanish is baul, particular, asunto, caso, bolsillo
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