lower case


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

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/loh"euhr/, Print.
See under case2 (def. 8).
[1675-85]

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lower case UK US noun [uncountable]
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

lower-case letters

Type the file name in lower case.

Thesaurus: printing and fonts and print layouthyponym

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lower case,
Printing.
1. small letters, not capitals. Abbr: l.c.
2. the frame or frames in which small letters are kept for hand setting.
low|er-case «LOH uhr KAYS», adjective, verb, -cased, -ca|ing. Printing.
–adj.
1. in small letters, not capitals.
2. kept in or having to do with the lower case.
–v.t.
to print in small letters.

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ˌlower ˈcase noun uncountable (technical)
(in printing and writing) small letters

The text is all in lower case.

lower-case letters

compare capital adj., upper case
 
Word Origin:
[lower case] referring originally to the lower of two cases of type positioned on an angled stand for use by a compositor (see upper case).

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • 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

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  • 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