cas·ing | \ˈkā-siŋ \

Definition of casing 

1 : something that encases : material for encasing: such as

a : an enclosing frame especially around a door or window opening

b : a metal pipe used to case a well

c : tire entry 2 sense 1

d : a membranous case for processed meat

2 : a space formed between two parallel lines of stitching through at least two layers of cloth into which something (such as a rod or string) may be inserted

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Examples of casing in a Sentence

a casing for a shotgun shell the egg of this bird has an unusually hard casing

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Suspicious incident 2600 block of Northwest 18th Terrace in Oakland Park, June 13, 6 a.m. Following a house party, several 9 mm shell casings were found outside of the residence where the party took place. Dan White,, "Fort Lauderdale, Oakland Park area crime reports," 11 July 2018 Shell casings were found near 89 Pliny St., but the city’s ShotSpotter gunfire detection system did not register the sound, police said. Jenna Carlesso, Courant Community, "Hartford Police: 17-Year-Old Shot In Leg," 1 July 2018 The lot outside a market on in the 7700 block of South Racine Avenue was taped off in yellow into two sections, with at least four shell casings marked in each, allowing for a pathway to and from the store’s main entrance. Hannah Leone,, "11 shot in Chicago Thursday through Friday, including 16-year-old boy," 29 June 2018 Shell casings from two different caliber weapons were found at the scene. Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, "NBA star Zach Randolph's brother dies after shooting in Marion," 16 June 2018 Police said multiple shell casings from two different caliber guns were found at the scene. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Sacramento Kings forward Zach Randolph's brother killed in shooting in Indiana," 16 June 2018 At least 20 shell casings were found at the scene, documents say. Laurel Andrews, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage homicide suspects appear in court after 3-week manhunt," 8 May 2018 That’s the same kind of casing that had been found at the murder scene, according to police. Jared Gilmour, star-telegram, "Teens haggled over the price of LSD. It ended with a bullet to the head, Houston cops say | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 8 May 2018 Cincinnati is also tapped into a national database of shell casings that allows bullet cases to be treated like fingerprints and linked together between different incidents. Cameron Knight,, "Cincinnati sees a 46% drop in shootings. Why? Tech and no more 'zero tolerance' approach," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of casing

1791, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of casing

: a layer on the outside of something that covers and protects it

: a frame around a door or window


cas·ing | \ˈkā-siŋ \

Kids Definition of casing

: something that covers or encloses sausage casings

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