lower case
Case Case (k[=a]s), n. [OF. casse, F. caisse (cf. It. cassa), fr. L. capsa chest, box, case, fr. capere to take, hold. See {Capacious}, and cf. 4th {Chase}, {Cash}, {Enchase}, 3d {Sash}.] [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster]

2. A box and its contents; the quantity contained in a box; as, a case of goods; a case of instruments. [1913 Webster]

3. (Print.) A shallow tray divided into compartments or ``boxes'' for holding type. [1913 Webster]

Note: Cases for type are usually arranged in sets of two, called respectively the upper and the lower case. The {upper case} contains capitals, small capitals, accented and marked letters, fractions, and marks of reference: the {lower case} contains the small letters, figures, marks of punctuation, quadrats, and spaces. [1913 Webster]

4. An inclosing frame; a casing; as, a door case; a window case. [1913 Webster]

5. (Mining) A small fissure which admits water to the workings. --Knight. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Lower case — (also lower case or lowercase ), minuscule, or small letters are the smaller form of letters, as opposed to upper case or capital letters, as used in European alphabets (Greek, Latin, Cyrillic, and Armenian). For example, the letter a is lower… …   Wikipedia

  • lower case — n [U] letters in their small forms, such as a, b, c etc ≠ ↑upper case →↑capital >lower case adj ▪ lower case letters …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • lower case — noun uncount the ordinary small form in which letters are written or printed. Big letters like those at the beginning of a sentence or name are called upper case or capital letters: an example written entirely in lower case lower case letters …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Lower CASE — Lower CASE,   CASE …   Universal-Lexikon

  • lower case — ► NOUN ▪ small or non capital letters …   English terms dictionary

  • lower case — noun : the lower one of a pair of type cases containing small letters and usually also figures, punctuation marks, spaces, quads compare upper case * * * /loh euhr/, Print. See under case2 (def. 8). [1675 85] * * * lo …   Useful english dictionary

  • lower case — also lower case N UNCOUNT: oft N n Lower case letters are small letters, not capital letters. It was printed in lower case... We did the logo in lower case letters instead of capitals. Ant: upper case …   English dictionary

  • Lower-case — lowercase low er*case , Lower case Low er case , a. (Print.) Pertaining to, or kept in, the lower case; used to denote the small letters, in distinction from capitals and small capitals; as, lowercase letters a and b and c etc.. Contrasted with… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lower-case — /ˈloʊə keɪs / (say lohuh kays) adjective 1. (of a letter) small; minuscule (opposed to capital). 2. Printing relating to or belonging in the lower case. See case2 (def. 10). –verb (t) (lower cased, lower casing) 3. to print or write with a lower… …   Australian English dictionary

  • lower case — noun (U) letters in their small forms, such as a, b, c etc compare capital 1 (3), opposite upper case lower case adjective: lower case letters …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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