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cast

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verb \ˈkast\

Definition of cast

cast

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casting

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to cause to move or send forth by throwing cast a fishing lure cast diceb :  direct cast a glancec (1) :  to put forth the fire casts a warm glow cast light on the subject cast a shadow (2) :  to place as if by throwing cast doubt on their reliabilityd :  to deposit (a ballot) formally cast her votee (1) :  to throw off or away the horse cast a shoe (2) :  to get rid of :  discard cast off all restraint soda cans and fast-food boxes cast aside on the beach (3) :  shed, molt cast feathers (4) :  to bring forth; especially :  to give birth to prematurelyf :  to throw to the ground especially in wrestling The cow was cast and her legs tied.g :  to build by throwing up earth cast a mound

  3. 2a (1) :  to perform arithmetical operations on :  add (2) :  to calculate by means of astrology cast a person's horoscopeb archaic :  decide, intend

  4. 3a :  to dispose or arrange into parts or into a suitable form or order I shall cast what I have to say under two principal heads — Tatlerb (1) :  to assign the parts of (a dramatic production) to actors cast a movie (2) :  to assign (someone, such as an actor) to a role or part was cast in the leading role

  5. 4a :  to give a shape to (a substance) by pouring in liquid or plastic form into a mold and letting harden without pressure cast steelb :  to form by this process toys cast from plastic

  6. 5 :  turn cast the scale slightly

  7. 6 :  to make (a knot or stitch) by looping or catching up cast a square knot

  8. 7 :  twist, warp a beam cast by age

  9. 8 :  to transmit the sound and images of (something happening) in real time via the Internet The event is cast live over the Internet and broadcast later on National Public Radio's “Science Friday.” — Lynn Teo Simarski The webinar will be cast live over Skype on a large screen at the church. — Cheril Vernon

  10. intransitive verb
  11. 1 :  to throw something; specifically :  to throw out a lure with a fishing rod

  12. 2 dialectal British :  vomit

  13. 3 dialectal, England :  to bear fruit :  yield

  14. 4a :  to perform additionb obsolete :  estimate, conjecture

  15. 5 :  warp lumber casts

  16. 6 :  to range over land in search of a trail —used of hunting dogs or trackers

  17. 7 :  veer

castability

play \ˌkas-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

castable

play \ˈkas-tə-bəl\ adjective

cast lots

  1. :  to draw lots to determine a matter by chance

Examples of cast in a Sentence

  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 and Etymology of cast

Middle English, from Old Norse kasta; akin to Old Norse kǫs heap


First Known Use: 13th century

Synonym Discussion of cast

discard, cast, shed, slough, scrap, junk mean to get rid of. discard implies the letting go or throwing away of something that has become useless or superfluous though often not intrinsically valueless. discard old clothes cast, especially when used with off, away, or out, implies a forceful rejection or repudiation. cast off her friends shed and slough imply a throwing off of something both useless and encumbering and often suggest a consequent renewal of vitality or luster. shed a bad habit finally sloughed off the depression scrap and junk imply throwing away or breaking up as worthless in existent form. scrap all the old ways would junk our educational system

throw, cast, toss, fling, hurl, pitch, sling mean to cause to move swiftly through space by a propulsive movement or a propelling force. throw is general and interchangeable with the other terms but may specifically imply a distinctive motion with bent arm. can throw a fastball and a curve cast usually implies lightness in the thing thrown and sometimes a scattering. cast it to the winds toss suggests a light or careless or aimless throwing and may imply an upward motion. tossed the coat on the bed fling stresses a violent throwing. flung the ring back in his face hurl implies power as in throwing a massive weight. hurled himself at the intruder pitch suggests throwing carefully at a target. pitch horseshoes sling stresses either the use of whirling momentum in throwing or directness of aim. slung the bag over his shoulder

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cast

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Definition of cast

  1. 1a :  an act of castingb :  something that happens as a result of chancec :  a throw of dice a seven on the first castd :  a throw of a line (such as a fishing line) or net a perfect cast

  2. 2a :  the form in which a thing is constructedb (1) :  the set of actors in a dramatic production The show features an all-star cast. (2) :  a set of characters or persons in both great houses there is the usual cast of servants — Elizabeth Bowenc :  the arrangement of draperies in a painting

  3. 3 :  the distance to which a thing can be thrown; specifically :  the distance a bow can shoot

  4. 4a :  a turning of the eye in a particular direction; also :  expression this freakish, elfish cast came into the child's eye — Nathaniel Hawthorneb :  a slight strabismus

  5. 5 :  something that is thrown or the quantity thrown; especially, British :  the leader of a fishing line

  6. 6a :  something that is formed by casting in a mold or form: such 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 infiltrationb :  an impression taken from an object with a liquid or plastic substance :  mold They made a mask from a wax cast of her face.c :  a rigid casing (as of fiberglass or of gauze impregnated with plaster of paris) used for immobilizing a usually diseased or broken part has a cast on her broken arm

  7. 7 :  forecast, conjecture

  8. 8a :  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 castb :  tinge, suggestion a cast of bitterness in his words — Walter O'Meara

  9. 9a :  a ride on one's way in a vehicle :  lift A motorist gave him a cast as far as the town.b Scottish :  help, assistance

  10. 10a :  shape, appearance the delicate cast of her featuresb :  characteristic quality his father's conservative cast of mind

  11. 11 :  something that is shed, ejected, or thrown out or off: such asa :  the excrement of an earthwormb :  a mass of soft matter formed in cavities of diseased organs and discharged from the bodyc :  the skin of an insect

  12. 12 :  the ranging in search of a trail by a dog, hunting pack, or tracker The setter made a wide cast.

Examples of cast in a Sentence

  1. She has a cast on her arm.

  2. They made a mask from a wax cast of her face.

14th Century

First Known Use of cast

14th century

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CAST Defined for English Language Learners

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cast

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verb \ˈkast\

Definition of cast for English Language Learners

  • : 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

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cast

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Definition of cast for English Language Learners

  • : 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


CAST Defined for Kids

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cast

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verb \ˈkast\

Definition of cast for Students

cast

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casting

  1. 1 :  1throw 1 cast a stone cast a fishing line

  2. 2 :  to direct to or toward something or someone cast a glance

  3. 3 :  to send out or forward cast a shadow cast light

  4. 4 :  to put under the influence of cast a spell The news cast gloom over the party.

  5. 5 :  to throw out, off, or away :  shed Snakes cast their skins.

  6. 6 :  to make (a vote) formally

  7. 7 :  to assign a part or role to I was cast as the hero in the play.

  8. 8 :  to give shape to liquid material by pouring it into a mold and letting it harden The statue was cast in bronze.


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cast

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Definition of cast for Students

  1. 1 :  an act of throwing He caught a fish on his first cast.

  2. 2 :  the characters or the people acting in a play or story

  3. 3 :  a stiff dressing (as of plaster) hardened around a part of the body to allow a broken bone to heal I had a cast on my leg.

  4. 4 :  a hint of color a bluish cast

  5. 5 :  the container used to give a shape to the thing made in it

  6. 6 :  something formed by casting in a mold or form a bronze cast of a statue

  7. 7 :  the distance to which a thing can be thrown

  8. 8 :  2shape 1 His face has a rugged cast.

  9. 9 :  something (as the skin of an insect or the waste of an earthworm) that is shed or thrown out or off


Medical Dictionary

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cast

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transitive verb \ˈkast\

Medical Definition of cast

cast

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casting

  1. 1:  to give a shape to (a substance) by pouring in liquid or plastic form into a mold and letting harden without pressure

  2. 2:  to form by casting


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cast

noun

Medical Definition of cast

  1. 1:  a slight strabismus

  2. 2a:  something that is formed by casting in a mold or form; especially :  an impression taken from an object by using a liquid or plastic substanceb:  a rigid casing (as of fiberglass or of gauze impregnated with plaster of paris) used for immobilizing a usually diseased or broken part

  3. 3:  a mass of plastic matter formed in cavities of diseased organs (as the kidneys) and discharged from the body



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