cast

verb
\ ˈkast How to pronounce cast (audio) \
cast; casting

Definition of cast

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to cause to move or send forth by throwing cast a fishing lure cast dice
b : direct cast a glance
c(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 reliability
d : to deposit (a ballot) formally cast her vote
e(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 prematurely
f : 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
2a(1) : to perform arithmetical operations on : add
(2) : to calculate by means of astrology cast a person's horoscope
b archaic : decide, intend
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 headsTatler
b(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
4a : to give a shape to (a substance) by pouring in liquid or plastic form into a mold and letting harden without pressure cast steel
b : to form by this process toys cast from plastic
5 : turn cast the scale slightly
6 : to make (a knot or stitch) by looping or catching up cast a square knot
7 : twist, warp a beam cast by age
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

intransitive verb

1 : to throw something specifically : to throw out a lure with a fishing rod
2 dialectal British : vomit
3 dialectal, England : to bear fruit : yield
4a : to perform addition
b obsolete : estimate, conjecture
5 : warp lumber casts
6 : to range over land in search of a trail used of hunting dogs or trackers
7 : veer
cast lots
: to draw lots to determine a matter by chance

cast

noun

Definition of cast (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : an act of casting
b : something that happens as a result of chance
c : a throw of dice a seven on the first cast
d : a throw of a line (such as a fishing line) or net a perfect cast
2a : the form in which a thing is constructed
b(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 Bowen
c : the arrangement of draperies in a painting
3 : the distance to which a thing can be thrown specifically : the distance a bow can shoot
4a : a turning of the eye in a particular direction also : expression this freakish, elfish cast came into the child's eye — Nathaniel Hawthorne
b : a slight strabismus
5 : something that is thrown or the quantity thrown especially, British : the leader of a fishing line
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 infiltration
b : 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
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 cast
b : tinge, suggestion a cast of bitterness in his words— Walter O'Meara
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
10a : shape, appearance the delicate cast of her features
b : characteristic quality his father's conservative cast of mind
11 : something that is shed, ejected, or thrown out or off: such as
a : the excrement of an earthworm
b : a mass of soft matter formed in cavities of diseased organs and discharged from the body
c : the skin of an insect
12 : the ranging in search of a trail by a dog, hunting pack, or tracker The setter made a wide cast.

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Other Words from cast

Verb

castability \ ˌka-​stə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce cast (audio) \ noun
castable \ ˈka-​stə-​bəl How to pronounce cast (audio) \ adjective

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Verb

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

Examples of cast in a Sentence

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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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Far less likely, but still possible, is that Black voters in Georgia who haven’t already cast ballots will decide to stay home rather than support the Democratic Party in its quest to regain control of the U.S. Senate. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Black women lost a Senate seat, but got a secretary of state. That’s not good enough," 24 Dec. 2020 Germany also pushed back on claims that 395 people who cast ballots in Georgia also voted in another state. Barnini Chakraborty, Washington Examiner, "Georgia election officials blindsided by Meadows visit and push back on Trump's claims of fraud," 23 Dec. 2020 Grosz subsided into satirical painting and drawing, but Heartfield became a dedicated propagandist who cast Hitler as a puppet of capitalism and savaged centrist opposition to the tyrant’s rise. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, "What Are Artists For?," 21 Dec. 2020 Kathy Valentine, an advocate for mental health support in Boulder, was among those who cast blame on President Trump for failing to facilitate an agreement. New York Times, "Not an Ideal Process or an Ideal Agreement, but, Finally, a Deal," 20 Dec. 2020 Courpas, the electoral voter for Congressional District 8, got the chance to be one of 10 who formally cast their vote for the president-elect and vice President-elect ahead of the nation’s new administration. Pat Stoetzer, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "‘To me she’s just a standout’: Carroll County’s Corynne Courpas part of Maryland’s Electoral College process," 14 Dec. 2020 Instead, every year there are people who cast an absentee ballot early but die before Election Day. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, "Secretary of State reports Michigan clerks rejected nearly 15,300 absentee ballots," 2 Dec. 2020 At the tail end of the process is a group of electors from each state, who ultimately cast their votes for president. Ben Leonard, baltimoresun.com, "Who are Maryland’s electors? Must they vote for Biden? Here’s what to know about the process.," 1 Dec. 2020 If successful, Rogers' vote and the votes of scores of others who cast absentee ballots in person before the election, as well as a host of other categories of ballots the campaign is targeting, would effectively be tossed out. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'They counted last time, why wouldn't they count this time?' Dane County voters baffled and angry over effort to throw out their ballots," 24 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Republican Marianette Miller-Meeks has been certified as the winner by six votes out of more than 394,000 cast, over Democratic rival Rita Hart. Kerry Picket, Washington Examiner, "Veteran GOP lawmaker says Democrats came to regret heavy-handed tactics in last contested House seat fight," 25 Dec. 2020 Rob Herting, chief executive of Qcode, says the budgets for his shows are generally in the low to mid six-figure range, significantly less than the cost of mounting a TV show with the same story and cast. Chris Kornelis, WSJ, "From Demi Moore to Matthew McConaughey, Screen Stars Are Turning to Podcasts," 25 Dec. 2020 On the set of the film in London and in a later phone interview from her home in L.A., Jenkins spoke to EW about the vagaries of sequels, nailing down her dream cast, and what comes next for Diana Prince. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, "Patty Jenkins on Wonder Woman 1984, her path as a director, and the franchise’s future," 24 Dec. 2020 Matt's channel is raw, there's no cast or pretend scenario, and the drama unfolds naturally while the GoPros keep recording. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, "10 Automotive YouTube Channels to Watch While You're at Home," 24 Dec. 2020 The following are the latest county-by-county cast numbers. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, "Alabama adds another 4,000-plus COVID cases ahead of Christmas," 24 Dec. 2020 Supporting cast like Andre Igoudala, Goran Dragic and Avery Bradley are on the back end of their careers. J. Michael, The Indianapolis Star, "How Indiana Pacers stack up in improved Eastern Conference for 2020-21 season," 22 Dec. 2020 This unforgettable cast of characters and their story of hope, humor, fate and justice will leave you mesmerized. Kami Phillips, CNN Underscored, "Start reading more in 2021 with Amazon’s best books of 2020," 22 Dec. 2020 Despite the strong cast and the fact that Sully is pregnant, this portion of the story follows the path of countless forgettable space dramas. Kevin Crust, Los Angeles Times, "Review: In ‘The Midnight Sky,’ a grizzled George Clooney considers the end of the world," 22 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of cast

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for cast

Verb

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

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The first known use of cast was in the 13th century

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29 Dec 2020

Cite this Entry

“Cast.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cast. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for cast

cast

verb
How to pronounce cast (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of cast

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

cast

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cast (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

verb
\ ˈkast How to pronounce cast (audio) \
cast; casting

Kids Definition of cast

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : throw entry 1 sense 1 cast a stone cast a fishing line
2 : to direct to or toward something or someone cast a glance
3 : to send out or forward cast a shadow cast light
4 : to put under the influence of cast a spell The news cast gloom over the party.
5 : to throw out, off, or away : shed Snakes cast their skins.
6 : to make (a vote) formally
7 : to assign a part or role to I was cast as the hero in the play.
8 : to give shape to liquid material by pouring it into a mold and letting it harden The statue was cast in bronze.

cast

noun

Kids Definition of cast (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an act of throwing He caught a fish on his first cast.
2 : the characters or the people acting in a play or story
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 : a hint of color a bluish cast
5 : the container used to give a shape to the thing made in it
6 : something formed by casting in a mold or form a bronze cast of a statue
7 : the distance to which a thing can be thrown
8 : shape entry 2 sense 1 His face has a rugged cast.
9 : something (as the skin of an insect or the waste of an earthworm) that is shed or thrown out or off
\ ˈkast How to pronounce cast (audio) \
cast; casting

Medical Definition of cast

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

cast

noun

Medical Definition of cast (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a slight strabismus
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 substance
b : a rigid casing (as of fiberglass or of gauze impregnated with plaster of paris) used for immobilizing a usually diseased or broken part
3 : a mass of plastic matter formed in cavities of diseased organs (as the kidneys) and discharged from the body

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