verb \ˈkast\

: to throw or move (something) in a forceful way

: to throw (a fishing line, hook, etc.) into the water by using a fishing pole

: to send or direct (something) in the direction of someone or something


Full Definition of CAST

transitive verb
a :  to cause to move or send forth by throwing <cast a fishing lure> <cast dice>
b :  direct <cast a glance>
c (1) :  to put forth <the fire casts a warm glow> <cast light on the subject>
(2) :  to place as if by throwing <cast doubt on their reliability>
d :  to deposit (a ballot) formally
e (1) :  to throw off or away <the horse cast a shoe>
(2) :  to get rid of :  discard <cast off all restraint> (3) :  shed, molt (4) :  to bring forth; especially :  to give birth to prematurely
f :  to throw to the ground especially in wrestling
g :  to build by throwing up earth
a (1) :  to perform arithmetical operations on :  add (2) :  to calculate by means of astrology
b archaic :  decide, intend
a :  to dispose or arrange into parts or into a suitable form or order
b (1) :  to assign the parts of (a dramatic production) to actors <cast a movie>
(2) :  to assign (as an actor) to a role or part <was cast in the leading role>
a :  to give a shape to (a substance) by pouring in liquid or plastic form into a mold and letting harden without pressure <cast steel>
b :  to form by this process
:  turn <cast the scale slightly>
:  to make (a knot or stitch) by looping or catching up
:  twist, warp <a beam cast by age>
intransitive verb
:  to throw something; specifically :  to throw out a lure with a fishing rod
dial British :  vomit
dial English :  to bear fruit :  yield
a :  to perform addition
b obsolete :  estimate, conjecture
:  warp
:  to range over land in search of a trail —used of hunting dogs or trackers
:  veer
cast·abil·i·ty \ˌkas-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
cast·able \ˈkas-tə-bəl\ adjective
cast lots
:  to draw lots to determine a matter by chance

Examples of CAST

  1. Seaweed was cast up by the waves.
  2. The tree cast a long shadow on the lawn.
  3. How many votes were cast?

Origin of CAST

Middle English, from Old Norse kasta; akin to Old Norse kǫs heap
First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with CAST



: the actors in a play, film, or television show

: a hard covering that is put on an arm, leg, etc., so that a broken bone can heal

: a container that is used to give its form or shape to something that is poured or pressed into it; also : an object that is made by using such a container

Full Definition of CAST

a :  an act of casting
b :  something that happens as a result of chance
c :  a throw of dice
d :  a throw of a line (as a fishing line) or net
a :  the form in which a thing is constructed
b (1) :  the set of actors in a dramatic production
(2) :  a set of characters or persons <in both great houses there is the usual cast of servants — Elizabeth Bowen>
c :  the arrangement of draperies in a painting
:  the distance to which a thing can be thrown; specifically :  the distance a bow can shoot
a :  a turning of the eye in a particular direction; also :  expression <this freakish, elfish cast came into the child's eye — Nathaniel Hawthorne>
b :  a slight strabismus
:  something that is thrown or the quantity thrown; especially British :  the leader of a fishing line
a :  something that is formed by casting in a mold or form: as (1) :  a reproduction (as of a statue) in metal or plaster :  casting (2) :  a fossil reproduction of the details of a natural object by mineral infiltration
b :  an impression taken from an object with a liquid or plastic substance :  mold
c :  a rigid casing (as of fiberglass or of gauze impregnated with plaster of paris) used for immobilizing a usually diseased or broken part
a :  an overspread of a color or modification of the appearance of a substance by a trace of some added hue :  shade <gray with a greenish cast>
b :  tinge, suggestion
a :  a ride on one's way in a vehicle :  lift
b Scottish :  help, assistance
a :  shape, appearance <the delicate cast of her features>
b :  characteristic quality <his father's conservative cast of mind>
:  something that is shed, ejected, or thrown out or off: as
a :  the excrement of an earthworm
b :  a mass of soft matter formed in cavities of diseased organs and discharged from the body
c :  the skin of an insect
:  the ranging in search of a trail by a dog, hunting pack, or tracker

Examples of CAST

  1. She has a cast on her arm.
  2. They made a mask from a wax cast of her face.

First Known Use of CAST

14th century

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