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 castability (audio) \ noun
castable \ ˈka-​stə-​bəl How to pronounce castable (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 Aviation Gin decided to also cast the actress who appeared to be trapped in the Peloton ad in their own Christmas commercial, and the result is hilarious. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Ryan Reynolds' Aviation Gin Cast the "Peloton Wife" in Its Christmas Ad," 7 Dec. 2019 Then, the turmoil of World War II began to cast the pissotières’ versatility in a less controversial light. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "How Paris’ Open-Air Urinals Changed a City—and Helped Dismantle the Nazi Regime," 7 Dec. 2019 The spell Skalnik seemed to have cast over her mother was, in an instant, broken. Pamela Colloff, ProPublica, "He’s a Liar, a Con Artist and a Snitch. His Testimony Could Soon Send a Man to His Death.," 4 Dec. 2019 At least one Twitter user also defended the company's decision to cast an already fit model, saying that the spot's aim was to promote a healthy lifestyle — not to encourage weight loss. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, "Peloton holiday ad sparks heated debate on social media over body imagery," 4 Dec. 2019 The electors meet in mid-December to cast the official ballot for president. Sarah Burns, The Conversation, "Curious Kids: How come Donald Trump won if Hillary Clinton got more votes?," 2 Dec. 2019 As the United States heads into a 2020 White House election predicted to draw record voter turnout, one New York entrepreneur is hoping his digital platform will cut election confusion and compel more people to cast ballots. Melanie Eversley, Fortune, "Can an App Drive More Voters to the Polls in 2020? This Entrepreneur Has High Hopes It Will," 27 Nov. 2019 In his Times article, Chief Rabbi Mirvis refused to tell people who to cast their ballot for, but urged them to vote with their conscience. Tara John, CNN, "Jeremy Corbyn skips apology after criticism of how Labour handles anti-Semitism," 26 Nov. 2019 Howard County schools and system offices will close Feb. 4 to allow for voters to cast ballots in Maryland’s 7th Congressional District special primary election. Jess Nocera, baltimoresun.com, "Howard schools closing Feb. 4 for special primary election to fill Rep. Elijah Cummings’ seat," 25 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun With its Afterlife subtitle, Reitman's film seeks to avoid a similar fate, even if its much less buzzy use of kid actors as leads is a safer bet for avoiding trolls than Feig's all-female cast ever was. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "Like Recent Reboots of Varying Success, ‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’ Trailer Leans On Franchise’s Nostalgic Pull," 9 Dec. 2019 Once the cast is removed, physical therapy is used to ensure proper return of strength and function. Colin Hoobler, oregonlive, "Rodney Hood’s injury: How the healing process works for ruptured Achilles tendons," 9 Dec. 2019 The original cast is expected to appear in Ghostbusters: Afterlife, including Murray, Sigourney Weaver (as Dana Barrett), Dan Aykroyd (as Ray Stantz), Ernie Hudson (as Winston Zeddemore), and Annie Potts (as Janine Melnitz). Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "A new generation ain’t afraid of no ghosts in Ghostbusters: Afterlife trailer," 9 Dec. 2019 The country star's second film with the network is set to premiere on Sunday, December 8, with brand-new songs and a cast led by Lucas Bryant and Alison Sweeney. Rebekah Lowin, Country Living, "Blake Shelton's New Hallmark Movie Was Filmed in an Actual Winter Wonderland," 8 Dec. 2019 Saturday's skit marked the second time in recent weeks when the cast served up comedy gold for design lovers. Joseph Neese, House Beautiful, "SNL Poked Fun at HGTV's Open Concept Designs—and There Was an Unexpected Twist," 8 Dec. 2019 The cast simply glows with the warmth of love, of new beginnings, of Christmas itself. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, "Orlando Shakes’ ‘Christmas at Pemberley’ sparkles with romance and comedy | Review," 8 Dec. 2019 For example, in the 2012 show Breaking Amish where four Amish and one Mennonite leave their respective communities, the cast was portrayed as a group of strangers who had never ventured outside their secluded communities before. Laura Hanrahan, Woman's Day, "Is TLC's 'Welcome to Plathville' Fake? People Seem to Think So," 7 Dec. 2019 The videos were subsequently captured and shared by fans, who were understandably excited to see the cast reunite. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Ashley Benson, Troian Bellisario, and More “Pretty Little Liars” Stars Reunite at German Comic Con," 7 Dec. 2019

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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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“Cast.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cast?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=c&file=cast0001. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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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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