casting

noun

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

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Example Sentences

The workers make metal castings for truck engines.
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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of casting was in the 14th century

Cite this Entry

“Casting.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/casting. Accessed 29 Sep. 2022.

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Kids Definition

casting

noun

cast·​ing
ˈka-stiŋ
1
: the act or action of someone or something that casts
2
: something that is cast in a mold
a bronze casting
3

Medical Definition

casting

noun

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

Last Updated: 23 Sep 2022

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