cast

verb
\ ˈkast How to pronounce cast (audio) \
cast; casting

Definition of cast

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to cause to move or send forth by throwing cast a fishing lure cast dice
b : direct cast a glance
c(1) : to put forth the fire casts a warm glow cast light on the subject cast a shadow
(2) : to place as if by throwing cast doubt on their reliability
d : to deposit (a ballot) formally cast her vote
e(1) : to throw off or away the horse cast a shoe
(2) : to get rid of : discard cast off all restraint soda cans and fast-food boxes cast aside on the beach
(3) : shed, molt cast feathers
(4) : to bring forth especially : to give birth to prematurely
f : to throw to the ground especially in wrestling The cow was cast and her legs tied.
g : to build by throwing up earth cast a mound
2a(1) : to perform arithmetical operations on : add
(2) : to calculate by means of astrology cast a person's horoscope
b archaic : decide, intend
3a : to dispose or arrange into parts or into a suitable form or order I shall cast what I have to say under two principal headsTatler
b(1) : to assign the parts of (a dramatic production) to actors cast a movie
(2) : to assign (someone, such as an actor) to a role or part was cast in the leading role
4a : to give a shape to (a substance) by pouring in liquid or plastic form into a mold and letting harden without pressure cast steel
b : to form by this process toys cast from plastic
5 : turn cast the scale slightly
6 : to make (a knot or stitch) by looping or catching up cast a square knot
7 : twist, warp a beam cast by age
8 : to transmit the sound and images of (something happening) in real time via the Internet The event is cast live over the Internet and broadcast later on National Public Radio's "Science Friday."— Lynn Teo Simarski The webinar will be cast live over Skype on a large screen at the church.— Cheril Vernon

intransitive verb

1 : to throw something specifically : to throw out a lure with a fishing rod
2 dialectal British : vomit
3 dialectal, England : to bear fruit : yield
4a : to perform addition
b obsolete : estimate, conjecture
5 : warp lumber casts
6 : to range over land in search of a trail used of hunting dogs or trackers
7 : veer
cast lots
: to draw lots to determine a matter by chance

cast

noun

Definition of cast (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : an act of casting
b : something that happens as a result of chance
c : a throw of dice a seven on the first cast
d : a throw of a line (such as a fishing line) or net a perfect cast
2a : the form in which a thing is constructed
b(1) : the set of actors in a dramatic production The show features an all-star cast.
(2) : a set of characters or persons in both great houses there is the usual cast of servants— Elizabeth Bowen
c : the arrangement of draperies in a painting
3 : the distance to which a thing can be thrown specifically : the distance a bow can shoot
4a : a turning of the eye in a particular direction also : expression this freakish, elfish cast came into the child's eye — Nathaniel Hawthorne
b : a slight strabismus
5 : something that is thrown or the quantity thrown especially, British : the leader of a fishing line
6a : something that is formed by casting in a mold or form: such as
(1) : a reproduction (as of a statue) in metal or plaster : casting
(2) : a fossil reproduction of the details of a natural object by mineral infiltration
b : an impression taken from an object with a liquid or plastic substance : mold They made a mask from a wax cast of her face.
c : a rigid casing (as of fiberglass or of gauze impregnated with plaster of paris) used for immobilizing a usually diseased or broken part has a cast on her broken arm
8a : an overspread of a color or modification of the appearance of a substance by a trace of some added hue : shade gray with a greenish cast
b : tinge, suggestion a cast of bitterness in his words— Walter O'Meara
9a : a ride on one's way in a vehicle : lift A motorist gave him a cast as far as the town.
b Scottish : help, assistance
10a : shape, appearance the delicate cast of her features
b : characteristic quality his father's conservative cast of mind
11 : something that is shed, ejected, or thrown out or off: such as
a : the excrement of an earthworm
b : a mass of soft matter formed in cavities of diseased organs and discharged from the body
c : the skin of an insect
12 : the ranging in search of a trail by a dog, hunting pack, or tracker The setter made a wide cast.

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Other Words from cast

Verb

castability \ ˌka-​stə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce castability (audio) \ noun
castable \ ˈka-​stə-​bəl How to pronounce castable (audio) \ adjective

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Verb

discard, cast, shed, slough, scrap, junk mean to get rid of. discard implies the letting go or throwing away of something that has become useless or superfluous though often not intrinsically valueless. discard old clothes cast, especially when used with off, away, or out, implies a forceful rejection or repudiation. cast off her friends shed and slough imply a throwing off of something both useless and encumbering and often suggest a consequent renewal of vitality or luster. shed a bad habit finally sloughed off the depression scrap and junk imply throwing away or breaking up as worthless in existent form. scrap all the old ways would junk our educational system

throw, cast, toss, fling, hurl, pitch, sling mean to cause to move swiftly through space by a propulsive movement or a propelling force. throw is general and interchangeable with the other terms but may specifically imply a distinctive motion with bent arm. can throw a fastball and a curve cast usually implies lightness in the thing thrown and sometimes a scattering. cast it to the winds toss suggests a light or careless or aimless throwing and may imply an upward motion. tossed the coat on the bed fling stresses a violent throwing. flung the ring back in his face hurl implies power as in throwing a massive weight. hurled himself at the intruder pitch suggests throwing carefully at a target. pitch horseshoes sling stresses either the use of whirling momentum in throwing or directness of aim. slung the bag over his shoulder

Examples of cast in a Sentence

Verb Seaweed was cast up by the waves. The tree cast a long shadow on the lawn. How many votes were cast? Noun She has a cast on her arm. They made a mask from a wax cast of her face.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb There’s been a growing awareness among liberals that the Electoral College has this amazing potential to thwart the candidates that the majority of voters have cast ballots for. Danielle Allen, Harper's Magazine, "What’s in a Vote?," 27 Oct. 2020 Russia has passed a grim milestone of 1.5 million cases and at least 26,269 deaths, although experts have previously cast doubts on Russia's counting methods. Mary Ilyushina And Frederik Pleitgen, CNN, "Reality bites for Putin's much-hyped Covid-19 vaccine, as concerns over efficacy and safety linger," 27 Oct. 2020 That figure includes ballots cast through early voting. Alison Dirr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee absentee ballot drop boxes to be replaced this week with permanent versions," 27 Oct. 2020 Related: Devilishly cute guinea pig, wizard that will cast spell on your heart: Pets in Halloween costumes named Mocha-Pumpkin Related: What does a turtle wear for Halloween? cleveland, "Popcorn dog slightly edging dog dressed as President Trump: Vote for Best Pet Halloween Costume (poll)," 27 Oct. 2020 Already, tensions and allegations of voter intimidation have been emerging at early-voting sites, which have seen tens of millions of people cast ballots. Mark Berman, Washington Post, "Guns at voting sites emerge as flash point in Michigan amid nationwide election tension," 27 Oct. 2020 Unfortunately, Trump has undermined the DOJ’s ability to lead and unify by picking political fights with state and local officials in a way that demoralizes and attempts to cast blame. Thomas Heffelfinger, Star Tribune, "Trump has defaced the Department of Justice," 27 Oct. 2020 With the first-day early voting turnout, plus the mail-in ballots cast so far, 1.1 million Marylanders have voted. Mckenna Oxenden, baltimoresun.com, "Harford County voter arrested after refusing to wear a mask inside polling place, police say," 27 Oct. 2020 In Michigan, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson estimates that two-thirds of her state’s voters will cast their ballots before Election Day. Stuart Emmrich, Vogue, "Early Voters Are Showing Up in Record Numbers. What Could That Tell Us About November 3?," 27 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Few states are as important to the president's prospects as Wisconsin, which Trump carried by less than 23,000 votes out of nearly 3 million cast in 2016. Scott Bauer, Star Tribune, "Pence touts Trump's Supreme Court pick at Wisconsin rally," 13 Oct. 2020 Samuel is the youngest member of the main cast at 25-years-old. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Here Are the Real Ages of the Cast of "Emily in Paris"," 11 Oct. 2020 While the rest of the cast remain supportive of Lissing's decision, fans are hopeful that his time in Hope Valley isn't up yet. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "'When Calls the Heart' Fans Are Begging for Jack to "Come Back" to the Show," 11 Oct. 2020 Featuring much of the same cast, the horror anthology's second season is based on Henry James's The Turn of the Screw. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Is a Third Season of The Haunting Anthology Series on the Way?," 9 Oct. 2020 Silence of the Lamb’s cast and crew spent three days filming at the house, capturing footage of its foyer, dining room and exterior. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, "You Could Own the House of Horrors From ‘Silence of the Lambs’," 9 Oct. 2020 Another cast member, Francis Benhamou, managed in April to land a role in a new show at the Manhattan Theater Club, scheduled to start later this year. John Leland, New York Times, "Their Buzzy Off Broadway Play Shut Down. Here’s What They Did Next.," 8 Oct. 2020 Park made her Broadway debut in 2014 as a cast member of Mamma Mia! Ariana Brockington, refinery29.com, "You Can Thank Gretchen Weiners For Mindy’s Big Emily In Paris Twist," 4 Oct. 2020 Nearly one year later, the Netflix star is dancing through life as a cast member of Dancing With the Stars. Joseph Neese, House Beautiful, "Chrishell Stause Has "Taken the Steps" to Freeze Her Eggs: "I Hope" a Family Is Still Possible," 3 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of cast

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for cast

Verb

Middle English, from Old Norse kasta; akin to Old Norse kǫs heap

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The first known use of cast was in the 13th century

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Last Updated

30 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Cast.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cast. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for cast

cast

verb
How to pronounce cast (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of cast

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to throw or move (something) in a forceful way
: to throw (a fishing line, hook, etc.) into the water by using a fishing pole
: to send or direct (something) in the direction of someone or something

cast

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cast (Entry 2 of 2)

: the actors in a play, film, or television show
: a hard covering that is put on an arm, leg, etc., so that a broken bone can heal
: a container that is used to give its form or shape to something that is poured or pressed into it also : an object that is made by using such a container

cast

verb
\ ˈkast How to pronounce cast (audio) \
cast; casting

Kids Definition of cast

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : throw entry 1 sense 1 cast a stone cast a fishing line
2 : to direct to or toward something or someone cast a glance
3 : to send out or forward cast a shadow cast light
4 : to put under the influence of cast a spell The news cast gloom over the party.
5 : to throw out, off, or away : shed Snakes cast their skins.
6 : to make (a vote) formally
7 : to assign a part or role to I was cast as the hero in the play.
8 : to give shape to liquid material by pouring it into a mold and letting it harden The statue was cast in bronze.

cast

noun

Kids Definition of cast (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an act of throwing He caught a fish on his first cast.
2 : the characters or the people acting in a play or story
3 : a stiff dressing (as of plaster) hardened around a part of the body to allow a broken bone to heal I had a cast on my leg.
4 : a hint of color a bluish cast
5 : the container used to give a shape to the thing made in it
6 : something formed by casting in a mold or form a bronze cast of a statue
7 : the distance to which a thing can be thrown
8 : shape entry 2 sense 1 His face has a rugged cast.
9 : something (as the skin of an insect or the waste of an earthworm) that is shed or thrown out or off
\ ˈkast How to pronounce cast (audio) \
cast; casting

Medical Definition of cast

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to give a shape to (a substance) by pouring in liquid or plastic form into a mold and letting harden without pressure
2 : to form by casting

cast

noun

Medical Definition of cast (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a slight strabismus
2a : something that is formed by casting in a mold or form especially : an impression taken from an object by using a liquid or plastic substance
b : a rigid casing (as of fiberglass or of gauze impregnated with plaster of paris) used for immobilizing a usually diseased or broken part
3 : a mass of plastic matter formed in cavities of diseased organs (as the kidneys) and discharged from the body

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