: to cause to move or send forth by throwing
cast a fishing lure
cast a glance
: to put forth
the fire casts a warm glow
cast light on the subject
cast a shadow
: to place as if by throwing
cast doubt on their reliability
: to deposit (a ballot) formally
cast her vote
: to throw to the ground especially in wrestling
The cow was cast and her legs tied.
: to build by throwing up earth
cast a mound
: 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—Tatler
: to assign the parts of (a dramatic production) to actors
cast a movie
: to assign (someone, such as an actor) to a role or part
was cast in the leading role
: to give a shape to (a substance) by pouring in liquid or plastic form into a mold and letting harden without pressure
: to form by this process
toys cast from plastic
: to make (a knot or stitch) by looping or catching up
cast a square knot
: 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
: to throw something
specifically : to throw out a lure with a fishing rod
: to perform addition
obsolete : estimate, conjecture
: to range over land in search of a trail —used of hunting dogs or trackers
: an act of casting
: something that happens as a result of chance
: a throw of dice
a seven on the first cast
: a throw of a line (such as a fishing line) or net
a perfect cast
: the form in which a thing is constructed
: the set of actors in a dramatic production
The show features an all-star cast.
: a set of characters or persons
in both great houses there is the usual cast of servants—Elizabeth Bowen
: the arrangement of draperies in a painting
: the distance to which a thing can be thrown
specifically : the distance a bow can shoot
: a turning of the eye in a particular direction
also : expression
this freakish, elfish cast came into the child's eye —Nathaniel Hawthorne
: a slight strabismus
: something that is thrown or the quantity thrown
especially, British : the leader of a fishing line
: an impression taken from an object with a liquid or plastic substance : mold
They made a mask from a wax cast of her face.
: 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
: 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
: tinge, suggestion
a cast of bitterness in his words—Walter O'Meara
: a ride on one's way in a vehicle : lift
A motorist gave him a cast as far as the town.
Scotland : help, assistance
: shape, appearance
the delicate cast of her features
: characteristic quality
his father's conservative cast of mind
: something that is shed, ejected, or thrown out or off: such as
: the excrement of an earthworm
: a mass of soft matter formed in cavities of diseased organs and discharged from the body
: the skin of an insect
: the ranging in search of a trail by a dog, hunting pack, or tracker
The setter made a wide cast.
Verb Seaweed was cast up by the waves. The tree cast a long shadow on the lawn. How many votes were cast? Noun She has a cast on her arm. They made a mask from a wax cast of her face.
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VerbSix right- and left-wing opposition groups united behind Kilicdaroglu in an unprecedented bid to unseat the sitting president, and cast a wide net over Turkish voters. —Tamara Qiblawi, CNN, 24 May 2023 Now a new study, published Tuesday in JAMA, casts the nation’s racial inequities in stark relief, finding that the higher mortality rate among Black Americans resulted in 1.63 million excess deaths relative to white Americans over more than two decades. —Liz Szabo, Anchorage Daily News, 17 May 2023 While the GOP saw a high turnout with 98,651 votes cast, independent voters tipped the scale for Deegan to give her the victory. —Aaron Navarro, CBS News, 17 May 2023 After: Bedroom by Mary McDonald McDonald cast her signature magic of pattern and color in this bedroom. —Parker Bowie Larson, ELLE Decor, 16 May 2023 Democrat Joseph Bias, 68, cast a ballot around 5:30 p.m. at the Kenton County Government Center. —Jolene Almendarez, The Enquirer, 16 May 2023 Nearly 89% of eligible voters in Turkey cast a ballot and over half of overseas voters went to the ballot box. —Suzan Fraser And Zeynep Bilginsoy, BostonGlobe.com, 15 May 2023 As for Clarkson, the Sharp Objects and Easy A actress jumped at the chance when she was cast in 2019. —Alamin Yohannes, EW.com, 12 May 2023 But the ancient queen's salacious scandals don’t even come close to the current controversy stirring about Netflix’s new show, which is rubbing the country of Egypt the wrong way because of its choice to cast a Black woman to play Cleopatra. —Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, 12 May 2023
NounThe cast, alongside HGTV stars, helped gut the house while the crew painstakingly reproduced the set’s rooms and 1970s decor — right down to cabinet hardware. —Jonah Valdez, Los Angeles Times, 26 May 2023 RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars is back with Episode 4 of Season 8 tonight, Friday, May 26 at 12 a.m. on Paramount+ and this year promises the hottest and most fabulous cast of queens yet. —oregonlive, 26 May 2023 Moore led the stellar ensemble cast that included Ed Asner, Gavin MacLeod, Valerie Harper, Ted Knight and Betty White. —Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, 26 May 2023 Read on as Brosnahan reflects on working with show creators Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino on that final monologue and the cast’s tearful last day on set. —Angelique Jackson, Variety, 26 May 2023 In Chapter 4 — with a cast including Ian McShane, Laurence Fishburne, Bill Skarsgard and Donnie Yen — Wick uncovers a path to defeating the High Table, a journey that sets in motion the events of the film and its climatic dual at Paris’ Sacré Coeur. —Carolyn Giardina, The Hollywood Reporter, 26 May 2023 Shameik Moore voices Spidey, and the voice cast also features Hailee Steinfeld, Jake Johnson and Issa Rae. —Dallasnews.com Staff, Dallas News, 25 May 2023 The original cast was in on the transformation, along with Property Brothers Drew and Jonathan Scott. —Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 25 May 2023 Starring an ensemble cast led by Jessie Mei Li, the first two seasons are full of heart-pounding action, romance, and adventure. —Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, 25 May 2023 See More
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