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up·per·case

 (ŭp′ər-kās′)
adj. Abbr. uc or UC
Of, printed, or formatted in capital letters: an uppercase A; uppercase titles.
tr.v. up·per·cased, up·per·cas·ing, up·per·cas·es
1. To put (type or text) in uppercase letters.
2. To begin (a word) with an uppercase letter.

[From the storage of such letters in the upper of two trays used by compositors.]

up′per·case′ n.

up′per case′


n.
[1675–85]

up•per•case

(ˈʌp ərˈkeɪs)

adj., v. -cased, -cas•ing,
n. adj.
1. (of an alphabetical character) capital.
2. pertaining to or belonging in the upper case.
v.t.
3. to print or write with an uppercase letter or letters.
n.
4. a capital letter. Compare lowercase.
[1730–40]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.uppercase - one of the large alphabetic characters used as the first letter in writing or printing proper names and sometimes for emphasisuppercase - one of the large alphabetic characters used as the first letter in writing or printing proper names and sometimes for emphasis; "printers once kept the type for capitals and for small letters in separate cases; capitals were kept in the upper half of the type case and so became known as upper-case letters"
grapheme, graphic symbol, character - a written symbol that is used to represent speech; "the Greek alphabet has 24 characters"
small capital, small cap - a character having the form of an upper-case letter but the same height as lower-case letters
lowercase, lower-case letter, minuscule, small letter - the characters that were once kept in bottom half of a compositor's type case
Adj.1.uppercase - relating to capital letters which were kept in the top half of a compositor's type caseuppercase - relating to capital letters which were kept in the top half of a compositor's type case; "uppercase letters; X and Y and Z etc"
majuscule - of or relating to a style of writing characterized by somewhat rounded capital letters; 4th to 8th centuries
lowercase - relating to small (not capitalized) letters that were kept in the lower half of a compositor's type case; "lowercase letters; a and b and c etc"
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