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Cas(e, Cais, n.2 Also: cays, caise, caische; kas, kays, kais(e, keis(e, kes(e. [ME. case (cas, cass, etc.), ONF. casse, OF. chasse. See also Cace n.2]

1. A case or (small) receptacle.(a, b) 1375 Barb. xx. 304.
The gud lord of Dowglas syne Gert mak ane cas of siluir fyne
1496 Treas. Acc. I. 322.
Giffin to Iohne Pennycuke, the goldsmyth, for a cas of siluir to the croce the King offerit to Sanct Duthow
1498 Halyb. 250.
A challis of syluer … Item for a cas to put it in, 2 s.
1531 Treas. Acc. VI. 21.
For twa beriall glas with case
(c) 1488 Treas. Acc. I. 85.
A corporale with a cais
1491 Ib. 178.
For the makin of a cays to ane ewar
1496 Ib. 323.
To a man to pas to Edinburgh … with the Kingis cais of gold to mend it new
1498 Halyb. 184.
Paid ffor the mendyn of an oralag and the cais new
Ib. 250.
Som of the challis with the cays
1501 Treas. Acc. II. 137.
The cais of the Grete Sele
1513 Doug. iv. iv. 17; etc.
Hyngand by hir syde the cays with arowis grund
1529 Treas. Acc. V. 366.
Ane caische of kamis
1530 Lindores Chart. 33.
Thre gyltyn preikats vith thair cais
1531 Bell. Boece II. 391.
Sanct Phillane, quhais arme … , set in silver, wes closit in ane cais within his palyeon
1531 Treas. Acc. V. 415.
For twa buriell glassis with thair caisis
1614 Edinb. Test. XLVIII. 3 b.
Thrie heckillis in ane cais
1640 Bk. Carlaverock II. 503.
The caise of the cnoke
c 1670 Douglas Chart. 343.
Ane old caise … with sum broken glese
(d) 1488–92 Treas. Acc. I. 83.
Twa kasis of knyffis
1541 Ib. VIII. 51.
Ane kais to ane toysting pan, and … ane kais to four ladillis
1542 Ib. 456.
Ane kays of kamys to his grace
1562 Inverness B. Rec. I. 90.
Ane eucharist and the kais thairof
a1578 Pitsc. I. 61/6.
Thair was ane body of ane ȝoung chyld found in ane kaise of leid
1597 Bk. Rates 6 b.
Keamis, the keis coverit with weluet … Single keamis with the keis
1603 Montgomery Mem. 250.
Two keisis of pyktouths
1645 Aberd. Sheriff Ct. III. 44.
A keise with the bruiche and kemis

2. a. A window frame; a casement. b. A casing. 1517 Treas. Acc. V. 120.
Trein werk … of vij single casis for the gret hall windois … and for ij double casis for the Kingis chamir
1532 M. Works Acc. II. 27.
Weggis for fesnyng of caisis in the said windois
1611 Ib. IX. 8.
Small … naills that nailled the caisis of the wondoks
1636 Kirkcaldy Presb. 103.
Item for kaisses and brods to the thrie windoes
1634 Peebles Gleanings 170.
For thrie caissis to put round about the wyre

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