backcast

noun back·cast \ ˈbak-ˌkast \

Definition of backcast

plural backcasts
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 AlmyWashington Post9 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 BryantNew York Times12 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 PhillipsSunsetMay 1994

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 MatthiessenHarper's Magazine1 June 1993
    • Standing now, closing in, I waved the bamboo rod like a semaphore—backcasting once, twice—and then threw the line.
    • —John McPheeNew Yorker8 Feb. 2010

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Origin and Etymology of backcast

3back + cast


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