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.

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This Week In Heat Vision breakdown Mermaid, being directed by Rob Marshall, is in the throes of casting, recently finding its Ariel with R&B singer Halle Bailey of Chloe x Halle fame. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, "Harry Styles in Talks to Play Prince Eric in Disney's Live-Action 'Little Mermaid'," 16 July 2019 First Bite Fishing Tank teaches the basics of casting, baiting, catch and release methods and more with their traveling fish tank stocked with local fish. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "What you need to know about the Marion County Fair," 19 June 2019 Sadly, however, beset by missed opportunities and bad casting choices among the leading roles, the current production fails to live up to the visceral impact of its setting. Theodore P. Mahne,, "Not much to desire as miscasting, overacting derail Le Petit's 'Streetcar'," 10 Dec. 2017 Casting received a mixed reception from fans, with most of the criticism being leveled at the casting of Cavill as Geralt. Allen Kim, CNN, "Netflix has released photos for "The Witcher"... and they actually look pretty good," 1 July 2019 Some of the casting seemed random, but there were several magical pairings. Jeffrey Toobin, The New Yorker, "“It’s the End of My Presidency”: Movie Stars Channel Mueller," 1 July 2019 The actors union eventually retreated from its opposition to the casting. San Diego Union-Tribune, "For San Diego-raised actor Jackie Nguyen, ‘Miss Saigon’ has been a major part of her art and life," 30 June 2019 Actors must go through the full wringer of the casting process, competing against hundreds of other worthy actors and awaiting the prospect of a callback. Carlos De Loera,, "From Vaporú to coming out, NHMC amplifies an array of Latinx voices," 27 June 2019 The casting builds some additional goodwill and rooting interest into both series. Jesse Hassenger, The Verge, "Men in Black: International and Shaft show the limits of modern film franchises," 21 June 2019

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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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