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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Other casting details, like who might play Emma's love interests Mr. Knightley and Mr. Elton, have yet to be announced. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "A New Adaptation of Jane Austen's Emma Is in the Works," 26 Oct. 2018 Much like the runway casting, the collection was diverse. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Naomi Campbell Epically Closed the Moschino x H&M Runway," 25 Oct. 2018 Twitter reactions to the casting announcement were fast and, in many cases, harsh. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "The First Teaser Trailer for Disney's Live-Action 'Aladdin' Is Here," 12 Oct. 2018 There have been some casting changes on Last Man Standing since the show was canceled by ABC in 2017 and then picked up by Fox earlier this year. Temi Adebowale, Country Living, "Former 'Last Man Standing' Star Molly Ephraim Just Deleted Her Twitter Account," 8 Oct. 2018 The fact that one of the few people of color in the series plays an evil character has some fans frustrated, which really plays into the film’s already questionable casting. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "New trailers: Creed II, Dark Phoenix, Fantastic Beasts, and more," 29 Sep. 2018 There was real thought put into what its inclusive shade range represented — and that sense of purpose was evident in every Instagram post, every marketing campaign, every event, every model casting. Michelle Lee, Allure, "Editor's Letter: How Women Reshaped the Beauty Industry in 2018," 17 Sep. 2018 Treasure Stack looks to combine the platform-puzzle mechanics of Wario's Woods with the gem-matching and spell-casting of Puzzle Quest. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Switch checks off its indie-game wishlist with Into the Breach, Towerfall," 28 Aug. 2018 After the casting news was announced, many were quick to call out Johansson for taking on the role., "Scarlett Johansson Withdraws From Rub Tug & Apologizes For "Insensitive" Remarks," 13 July 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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the figure or shape of a crescent moon

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