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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First Known Use of casting

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Cite this Entry

“Casting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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How to pronounce casting (audio)

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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