noun back·cast \ˈbak-ˌkast\

Definition of backcast



  1. 1 British, dialectal :  a relapse especially during convalescence :  reversal

  2. 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


intransitive verb,






… 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

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Origin and Etymology of backcast

3back + cast

First Known Use: 1816

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