cast·​ing | \ ˈka-stiŋ \

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

In 2017, a worldwide casting call began to find the lead roles of Aladdin and Princess Jasmine, in search of diverse actors who could not only act but sing as well. Sydney Odman, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Aladdin': Everything to Know About the Live-Action Remake of the Disney Classic," 5 July 2018 The one commercial agent in town agreed to represent her, and in junior high, Witherspoon went out for a casting call for 1991’s The Man in the Moon, directed by Robert Mulligan. Maria Ward, Vogue, "5 Things You Didn’t Know About Reese Witherspoon," 10 Jan. 2019 Earlier this year, a casting call poster for the movie circulated on Twitter, requesting for actors between 15-25 years old who are able to sing and dance for the roles of Tony, Maria, Anita, and Bernardo. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Rita Moreno Has Officially Joined Steven Spielberg's West Side Story Remake," 28 Nov. 2018 Golding, who was a television host and model prior to being cast in Crazy Rich Asians, landed the part of Nick Young after winning a global casting call. Dan Barna, Glamour, "Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding Are Set to Star in Your Dream Christmas Rom-Com," 18 Sep. 2018 Photo: Rachel Whiteread/Gagosian, London/Luhring Augustine, New York/Galleria Lorcan O?Neill Ms. Whiteread came to three dimensions via two, after learning the casting process while a painting student at Brighton Polytechnic in the 1980s. Eric Gibson, WSJ, "‘Rachel Whiteread’ Review: Where Memories Dwell," 2 Oct. 2018 The Game of Thrones prequel has announced it second casting for the upcoming spinoff series for the hit HBO fantasy drama. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Burberry Model Was Cast as a Lead in the Game of Thrones Prequel," 31 Oct. 2018 Trans actors and creators, including Indya Moore (FX’s Pose) and Jamie Clayton (Netflix’s Sense8), have spoken out against the casting decision. Karen Han, Vox, "Scarlett Johansson will play a transgender man, citing Jeffrey Tambor to defend the choice," 5 July 2018 This is not a knock on Chris Hemsworth, who is probably the best casting decision of the Avengers after Robert Downey Jr. Dude looks the part, with a buffoonish, semi-oblivious sense of humor to boot. The Editors Of Gq, GQ, "Everyone We Hope Dies in Avengers: Infinity War," 24 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of casting

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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