upper case

upper 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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