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

Choose the Right Synonym for cast

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

Lawmakers from both parties share concerns about any proposal that could be cast as a gift to power companies that have been responsible for wildfires in their communities. Taryn Luna, latimes.com, "Wanting to ease utility wildfire costs, Newsom faces biggest test yet with lawmakers," 8 July 2019 An aspiring actor, Miles contacted the San Antonio producers of the film, auditioned and was cast. Elaine Ayala, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio movie on ‘Challenger Disaster’ comes with surprise cameo," 2 July 2019 Ingredients that are typically cast aside are sometimes used for stocks, sauces, soups, bitters, and cordial drinks. Hilary Sheinbaum, BostonGlobe.com, "Something borrowed, something green," 28 June 2019 But translating success into momentum, particularly with seven months to go before the first votes are cast, remains an uphill battle for nearly everyone in the crowded field. Kathleen Hunter, Fortune, "Tonight's Democratic Debate Is Biden's Chance to Prove Why He's Leader of the Pack," 27 June 2019 Zendaya made her debut on the big screen when she was cast as MJ Jones in the feature film Spider-Man: Homecoming, which was released in July 2017. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Zendaya's Net Worth Is Super Impressive for a 22-Year-Old," 27 June 2019 Language is something shared between human beings with free will, and instructions and sentiments are not automatically effected in the world as if they were cast spells. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "What Is Facebook?," 25 June 2019 The feast and its divine parade finally fell out of favor after the rise of Christianity in Egypt when the old gods and the old ways were cast aside. National Geographic, "Egypt’s pharaohs welcomed summer with this fabulous festival," 25 June 2019 For decades, the story of this violence was buried, while the perpetrators were cast as heroes. Ranjani Chakraborty, Vox, "When white supremacists overthrew a government," 20 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

One can scarcely log onto Twitter or Facebook without seeing a clip of John Oliver or the cast of Saturday Night Live attempt to skewer the latest in political absurdities. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Last Laugh: ‘MAD’ Magazine Will Soon Disappear from Newsstands," 9 July 2019 Executive produced by Robin Thede and Issa Rae, HBO’s A Black Lady Sketch Show is made up of hilarious sketches anchored by a core cast of Thede, Ashley Nicole Black, Gabrielle Dennis, and Quinta Brunson. Paula Rogo, Essence, "How Many Celebs Can You Spot In ‘A Black Lady Sketch Show’ Trailer?," 8 July 2019 There was a cast of 17, meanwhile, next door in Gauff's box. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Cori 'Coco' Gauff, 15, stages remarkable comeback at Wimbledon," 5 July 2019 The Cast of *Little Women* As if Little Women’s cast of A-team of thirst traps wasn’t enough, Greta Gerwig had the gall to release imagery of them in period dress just as summer began. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Forget the Song of the Summer; Pick Your Summer 2019 Crush," 5 July 2019 The Red Sox are 6-12 in his 18 starts — a worse record than that produced in front of the revolving cast of fifth starters. Alex Speier, BostonGlobe.com, "Chris Sale was brutal in his first-half assessment: ‘What am I, 3-8? That’s absolutely embarrassing.’," 4 July 2019 Like the decking of the satyr’s ship, the wool then rotted away, leaving a cast of its fibres on the coin. The Economist, "Buried metal artefacts gather stories on their surfaces," 4 July 2019 But something in the No. 6 range seems like a reasonable target, considering the Nets, even without Kevin Durant, still will have Kyrie Irving plus a healthy cast of elite supporting talent from LeVert to Spencer Dinwiddie. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "ASK IRA: Is DeMarcus Cousins a viable play for the Heat?," 3 July 2019 Stranger Things is all about its twists and turns, but one shock the writers can't take credit for is just how fast the cast of Stranger Things has grown up before our very eyes. Lia Beck, refinery29.com, "How Old Are The Stranger Things Kids In Season 3?," 3 July 2019

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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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More Definitions for cast

cast

verb

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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