back·​cast | \ ˈbak-ˌkast \
plural backcasts

Definition of backcast

1 British, dialectal : a relapse especially during convalescence : reversal
2 fly-fishing : a backward swinging of the lure preceding a forward cast If there's room for backcasts, a fly rod and weighted streamers will work well.— Gerald Almy, Washington Post, 9 Nov. 1979 … a salmon of between 25 and 30 pounds appeared near my fly and, having just begun a backcast, I snatched the fly from him.— Nelson Bryant, New York Times, 12 Sept. 1983 Beginning fly-fishers can refine casting and presentation skills along shores of several lakes … where awkward backcasts won't get tangled in willows …— Jeff Phillips, Sunset, May 1994

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Other Words from backcast

backcast intransitive verb backcast; backcasting; backcasts
… there was no place to strip my line, let alone backcast, and I retreated to the tent, waiting for light. — Peter Matthiessen, Harper's Magazine, 1 June 1993 Standing now, closing in, I waved the bamboo rod like a semaphore—backcasting once, twice—and then threw the line. — John McPhee, New Yorker, 8 Feb. 2010

First Known Use of backcast

1816, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for backcast

back entry 3 + cast

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“Backcast.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

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