cas·​ing | \ ˈkā-siŋ How to pronounce casing (audio) \

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
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
Recent Examples on the Web Blood in the street led to the apartment, and a shell casing was found near the blood. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Ohio State’s Haskell Garrett expected to be released from hospital today after suffering gunshot wound," 31 Aug. 2020 The debris blocks the drain holes at the bottom of the clock’s casing, causing water to build up and damage the metal. Christine Fernando, The Indianapolis Star, "'This clock means so much to people': Restoration is starting on downtown's Ayres clock," 28 Aug. 2020 Police also found a shell casing at the hotel that matched a 9 mm pistol recovered from Torres' car. Helen Wieffering, The Arizona Republic, "Police arrest man on suspicion of shooting, killing man at Phoenix hotel," 13 Aug. 2020 As the black powder exploded, the copper casing ripped open, releasing the fearsome pressures of explosive black powder into the water and against the wooden hull of the Housatonic. Rachel Lance, Smithsonian Magazine, "The New Explosive Theory About What Doomed the Crew of the ‘Hunley’," 10 Mar. 2020 These tires stay inflated with the help of a layer in the tire casing or a liquid sealant that’s added to make the rubber impermeable to air flow. Popular Mechanics Test Team, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Bikes for Every Type of Cyclist," 17 July 2020 The entire package is colorful, from the internal packets with setup instructions to the casing. Brittany Vincent, CNN Underscored, "Jump into Night City with the gorgeous Xbox One X Cyberpunk 2077 Limited Edition console," 29 June 2020 The gun had blood on it and a shell casing was stuck in the slide. oregonlive, "Portland man who accidentally shot himself in groin claimed a homeless man robbed, fired gun at him," 15 June 2020 Mayor John Cranley said one of these people was clearly casing D1, tried to provoke officers into shooting by openly dousing a rag. Sharon Coolidge,, "What we know Sunday: Mayor Cranley extends citywide curfew following another night of protests," 31 May 2020

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First Known Use of casing

1791, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of casing was in 1791

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4 Sep 2020

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“Casing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce casing (audio) \

Kids Definition of casing

: something that covers or encloses sausage casings

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