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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Maynard Steel is a foundry that makes metal castings weighing up to 65,000 pounds. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Two-alarm fire damages Maynard Steel in Milwaukee," 14 July 2018 Johansson is no stranger to firestorms over casting. Daniel Arkin /, NBC News, "Scarlett Johansson says she will not play trans man after controversy," 13 July 2018 The jokes, groans and eye-rolls started on Twitter even before the announcement - replete with tongue-in-cheek casting predictions. Travis M. Andrews,, "The Thai cave rescue is being made into a movie. As Hollywood's history shows, this was inevitable," 13 July 2018 Hurry, as casting will be now through the end of July. Melissa Reinert,, "Temptation Island reboot searching for Kentucky couple," 13 July 2018 Previously, Scarlett's casting was heavily criticized by many, including trans actors. Emily Wang, Teen Vogue, "Scarlett Johansson Withdraws From "Rub and Tug" After Criticism of Her Casting as a Trans Man," 13 July 2018 While determinations on an eighth season has yet to be made, production is casting and Miller is involved in the process, a rep for Lifetime confirms to PEOPLE. Christina Dugan,, "Abby Lee Miller Involved with Possible 8th Season of Dance Moms amid Cancer Battle," 12 July 2018 Kobe Steel also acknowledged massive fake inspections, which had spanned years and affected products sent to hundreds of companies, including aluminum castings and copper tubing for autos, aircraft, appliances and trains. Yuri Kageyama, The Seattle Times, "Nissan says exhaust tests were altered in latest scandal," 9 July 2018 The wider theater world frequently grapples with this casting issue. Tim Smith,, "Young Victorian Theatre Co. approaches 'Mikado' mindful of controversy," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of casting

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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from/out of central casting

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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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