English to English
1. 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
2. Pertaining to, or kept in, the lower case; -- used to denote the small letters, in distinction from capitals and small capitals. See the Note under 1st Case, n., 3.
3. the characters that were once kept in bottom half of a compositor's type case