(Cas`ca*ril"lin) n. (Chem.) A white, crystallizable, bitter substance extracted from oil of
(Case) n. [OF. casse, F. caisse fr. L. capsa chest, box, case, fr. capere to take, hold. See
Capacious, and cf. 4th Chase, Cash, Enchase, 3d Sash.]
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. (Print.) A shallow tray divided into compartments or "boxes" for holding type.
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.
4. An inclosing frame; a casing; as, a door case; a window case.
5. (Mining) A small fissure which admits water to the workings. Knight.
(Case), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Cased ; p. pr. & vb. n. Casing.]
1. To cover or protect with, or as with, a case; to inclose.
The man who, cased in steel, had passed whole days and nights in the saddle.
2. To strip the skin from; as, to case a box. [Obs.]
(Case), n. [F. cas, fr. L. casus, fr. cadere to fall, to happen. Cf. Chance.]