cast·​ing | \ ˈka-stiŋ How to pronounce casting (audio) \

Definition of casting

1 : something (such as the excrement of an earthworm) that is cast out or off
2 : the act of one that casts: such as
a : the throwing of a fishing line by means of a rod and reel
b : the assignment of parts and duties to actors or performers
3 : something cast in a mold

Examples of casting in a Sentence

The workers make metal castings for truck engines.
Recent Examples on the Web Though the trailer promises the story isn't just the biopic of one man, users on social media had the most to say about Gleeson's casting as Trump. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, "'I'm the president now': Brendan Gleeson is an uncanny Donald Trump in 'The Comey Rule' first look," 30 July 2020 Beyond the casting of Esposito and Gonzalez, Antibody Film Lab, which worked on the opening title sequence for HBO's Westworld, developed the game's CGI title sequence (shown above). Nick Romano,, "Far Cry 6 footage shows off Breaking Bad star Giancarlo Esposito as villain," 12 July 2020 HBO Max has not yet announced casting or a release date for the series. Jodi Guglielmi,, "Batman TV Series About Gotham City Police Coming to HBO Max," 10 July 2020 Film critic Kristy Puchko's call for dream casting was meant with eager response, and a number of high profile actresses came up, including Lupita Nyong'o, Gemma Chan, and Tessa Thompson. Ineye Komonibo,, "Margot Robbie To Star In The Next Pirates Of The Caribbean Film," 27 June 2020 Bergeron had been outspoken and critical last season over the show's casting of former Trump aid Sean Spicer. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "Hosts Tom Bergeron, Erin Andrews will be replaced on 'Dancing With the Stars'," 14 July 2020 Anderson says Jamie Lynn Spears’s casting was a bit serendipitous as well. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "15 Facts About Sweet Magnolias That’ll Completely Change the Way You Watch It," 7 July 2020 The Air Nomads, like Aang and Gyatso, were culturally and visually based around Tibetan Buddhists, Shaolin monks, and Hindu priests, so their casting might focus on East Asian and South Asian actors. Rachel Yang,, "Everything we know about the Avatar: The Last Airbender remake so far: Creators, casting, and more," 7 July 2020 But for many, fly-fishing is appealing because of its simplicity and the masterful in-water casting techniques that connect anglers with nature. Washington Post, "Casting about for a pandemic-friendly pastime? Eight reasons to consider fly-fishing.," 7 July 2020

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First Known Use of casting

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Casting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of casting

: something made from material that hardens in a mold


cast·​ing | \ ˈka-stiŋ \

Kids Definition of casting

1 : the act or action of someone or something that casts
2 : something that is cast in a mold a bronze casting



Medical Definition of casting

1 : the act or process of making casts or impressions or of shaping in a mold
2 : something cast in a mold

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