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let·ter case

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  1. letter casenoun

    case for carrying letters


  1. letter casenoun

    the distinction between majuscule (uppercase) and minuscule (lowercase) letters.

  2. letter casenoun

    a case used for carrying written letters.


  1. Letter case

    Letter case is the distinction between the letters that are in larger uppercase or capitals (or more formally majuscule) and smaller lowercase (or more formally minuscule) in the written representation of certain languages. The writing systems that distinguish between the upper and lowercase have two parallel sets of letters, with each letter in one set usually having an equivalent in the other set. The two case variants are alternative representations of the same letter: they have the same name and pronunciation and are treated identically when sorting in alphabetical order. Letter case is generally applied in a mixed-case fashion, with both upper and lowercase letters appearing in a given piece of text for legibility. The choice of case is often prescribed by the grammar of a language or by the conventions of a particular discipline. In orthography, the uppercase is primarily reserved for special purposes, such as the first letter of a sentence or of a proper noun (called capitalisation, or capitalised words), which makes the lowercase the more common variant in regular text. In some contexts (e.g. academical), it is conventional to use one case only. For example, engineering design drawings are typically labelled entirely in uppercase letters, which are easier to distinguish individually than the lowercase when space restrictions require that the lettering be very small. In mathematics, on the other hand, letter case may indicate the relationship between mathematical objects, with uppercase letters often representing “superior” objects (e.g., X could be a mathematical set containing the generic member x).


  1. letter case

    Letter case refers to the distinction between uppercase (capital letters) and lowercase (small letters) in written language. This difference in formatting can affect the meaning and interpretation of words and sentences. For example, in English, the first letter of each sentence and proper nouns are usually capitalized. The usage and rules can vary among different languages and writing systems.


  1. Letter case

    In orthography and typography, letter case is the distinction between the letters that are in larger upper case and smaller lower case letters in certain languages. The term originated with the shallow drawers called type cases used to hold the movable type for letterpress printing. In the Latin script, capital letters are A, B, C, etc.; lower case includes a, b, c, etc. Most Western languages use letter cases in their written form as an aid to clarity. Scripts using two separate cases are also called "bicameral scripts". Many other writing systems make no distinction between capital and lowercase letters – a system called unicase. If an alphabet has case, all or nearly all letters have both forms. Both forms in each pair are considered to be the same letter: they have the same name and pronunciation and will be treated identically when sorting in alphabetical order. An example of a letter without both forms is the German ß, which exists only in minuscule. When capitalised it normally becomes two letters, but the ß letter may be used as a capital to prevent confusion in special cases, such as names. This is because ß was originally a ligature of the two letters "ſs", both of which become "S" when capitalised. It later evolved into a letter in its own right. ß is also occasionally referred to as a ligature of "sz", which recalls the way this consonant was pronounced in some medieval German dialects. The original spelling sz is preserved in Hungarian and pronounced.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of letter case in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of letter case in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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  • पत्र का मामलाHindi

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