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Of, printed, or formatted in lowercase letters.
tr.v. lower·cased, lower·cas·ing, lower·cas·es
To put (type or text) in lowercase letters.

low′er·case′ n.
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low′er case′

(ˈloʊ ər)


(ˈloʊ ərˈkeɪs)

adj., v. -cased, -cas•ing,
n. adj.
1. (of an alphabetical letter) of a particular form often different from and smaller than its corresponding capital letter, as a, b, q, r.
2. to print or write with a lowercase letter or letters.
3. a lowercase letter.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.lowercase - the characters that were once kept in bottom half of a compositor's type caselowercase - the characters that were once kept in bottom half of a compositor's type case
grapheme, graphic symbol, character - a written symbol that is used to represent speech; "the Greek alphabet has 24 characters"
capital letter, majuscule, uppercase, upper-case letter, capital - 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"
Adj.1.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"
minuscular, minuscule - of or relating to a small cursive script developed from uncial; 7th to 9th centuries
uppercase - 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"
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Now, engineers at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., have demonstrated a prototype battery to power miniature machines--and keep them powered for decades--that could be scaled down to fit inside the dot over a lowercase i.
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