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 As the cast and crew of HBO's The Last of Us settle into their new filming home in Calgary in Alberta, Canada, some new casting has come to light that offers more hints at how the story for season 1 is going to play out. Nick Romano,, 15 July 2021 Bailey's casting in the role brought joy from the Twitter-sphere. Jenna Ryu, USA TODAY, 13 July 2021 Screen Daily first reported the news, noting that distributor Wild Bunch was promoting the new casting to buyers at Cannes. Justin Curto, Vulture, 7 July 2021 Pick out a likely shoreline spot and begin fan casting. Bill May,, 4 July 2021 Meanwhile, some local theaters are putting efforts into diverse casting that are paying off. Lauren Smart, Dallas News, 1 July 2021 The casting also felt right to King, especially that of Paige as Zola. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, 30 June 2021 Fisher was the sole English bishop courageous enough to oppose the king's takeover of the English church, his manipulations of Catholic doctrine and his casting-off of the first of his six wives. John Hagen, Star Tribune, 29 June 2021 That is until John Cena nabbed the role of Jakob Toretto, a casting that Diesel believes the late Paul Walker - who starred alongside Diesel in the Fast and the Furious films before his death in 2013 - had a hand in making happen. Katie Campione,, 23 June 2021

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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 27 Jul. 2021.

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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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