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 Scotland : 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.

Other Words from cast

Verb

castability \ ˌka-​stə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce cast (audio) \ noun
castable \ ˈka-​stə-​bəl How to pronounce cast (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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The event will feature a panel discussion with co-creator Lisa Joy, writer and executive producer Alison Schapker and cast members Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright, Luke Hemsworth and Angela Sarafyan. Rick Porter, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 May 2022 Many French who cast ballots for him, however, did so only to bar Marine Le Pen—a far-right, anti-immigrant nationalist—from France’s highest office. Stacy Meichtry, WSJ, 7 May 2022 Waititi will be returning to the director's chair with Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, and Thompson returning, along with Christian Bale as the villain and many of the Guardians of the Galaxy cast members for Thor: Love and Thunder next year. Evan Romano, Men's Health, 5 May 2022 Prosecutors could also investigate the 16 phony Republican electors who cast ballots for Trump in a sham ceremony in December 2020. Tamar Hallerman, ajc, 2 May 2022 The challenge now for Mr. Macron will be how to lure back into the political fold the 41.5 percent of voters who cast ballots for Ms. Le Pen — and the roughly 28 percent who opted not to vote at all. New York Times, 26 Apr. 2022 But with almost 60 percent of voters having cast their ballots for far-right or far-left candidates in the first round of voting this month, opposition to Macron’s policies could go beyond parliament. Washington Post, 25 Apr. 2022 Requests are required — county clerks are no longer permitted to send unsolicited absentee ballot applications, even to voters who have cast absentee ballots for years. Lisa Hammersly, Arkansas Online, 20 Apr. 2022 One of the first people Kate and Laura cast for the project was actor Taylour Paige, the Zola star who has a background in ballet dancing. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 20 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Even though Milwaukee’s supporting cast has largely struggled offensively, Antetokounmpo had nothing but encouragement for his teammates ahead of Game 7. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 14 May 2022 Other highlights include a thick wire mesh fiberglass gasket, slide-out ash drawer, and the grill is set on a cast-iron cart with locking wheels. Rachel Klein, Popular Mechanics, 13 May 2022 The director of The Godfather wants to make one more cinematic magnum opus before the end of his career, and now the cast has officially been set. Christian Holub, EW.com, 13 May 2022 On Thursday, May 12th, the cast, crew and creative team celebrated the taping of the series 15,000th episode. Anne Easton, Forbes, 13 May 2022 The studio has signed the show’s core cast — Ed O’Neill, Katey Sagal, Christina Applegate and David Faustino — to reprise their roles in voiceover. Rick Porter, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 May 2022 Along with Oswalt, the voice cast included Melissa Fumero, Aimee Garcia, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Ben Schwartz, Beck Bennett, Jon Daly and Sam Richardson. Joe Otterson, Variety, 13 May 2022 His death prompted an outpouring of tributes from his comedy peers, ranging from fellow Saturday Night Live cast members to late-night hosts. Kat Bouza, Rolling Stone, 13 May 2022 Smile at the quaint electrical outlets and cast-iron radiators the size of SmartCars. Kris Frieswick, WSJ, 13 May 2022 See More

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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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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

cast

transitive verb
\ 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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