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 The timing couldn't have been more entertaining for those who've kept abreast of Leto's abject fury surrounding Phoenix's casting in Joker. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "With ‘Joker’ Laughing It Up at the Oscars, Sony Teases Jared Leto’s Next Move as Vampire ‘Morbius’," 13 Jan. 2020 How did casting for the video play into the storyline? Ineye Komonibo,, "Rapsody Wants To Shift (Black) Culture With “Afeni”," 13 Jan. 2020 Ronna Kress has left her role as executive vp casting at Fox Film, a source with knowledge told The Hollywood Reporter. Piya Sinha-roy, The Hollywood Reporter, "Ronna Kress, Head of Casting at Fox Film, Exits," 9 Jan. 2020 Vaquera is among the many companies that call on street casting, which is basically pulling oddball characters from the street and putting them on the runway—essentially declaring them beautiful. National Geographic, "The idea of beauty is always shifting. Today, it’s more inclusive than ever.," 7 Jan. 2020 The Building Programme students created 20 blocks at Dumfries, which were transported down to Poundbury and installed using traditional sand casting techniques. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "Prince Charles Surprises Students from His Foundation at the Installation of a Monument They Built," 30 Dec. 2019 But the movie’s casting, likely undertaken with the best of artistic intentions, is of a piece with the direction of the dance and the framing of the action: it’s simply oblivious. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "“Cats” Could Have Been a Contender," 27 Dec. 2019 Both shows started out with a bit of a bang, a little high-profile misdirection casting, and unexpected character exits. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Watchmen, not Game of Thrones, proved to be HBO’s show of the decade," 16 Dec. 2019 Incidentally, the extensive double casting within an already-large cast means that quite a few budding talents will be getting valuable stage experience during the run of this show. Mike Giuliano,, "At Toby’s Dinner Theatre in Columbia, ‘A Christmas Story’ gives the audience what it wants," 5 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of casting

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Cite this Entry

“Casting.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 27 January 2020.

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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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one that suddenly gains wealth or power

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