A woman about to cast her fishing line.
- The definition of a cast is something formed in a certain way, or the company of a play.
- An example of cast is what one wears on a broken limb.
- An example of cast is all of the actors and actresses in a Broadway production.
- Cast means to throw something with force, to pick someone for a part in a play or to submit a ballot to vote.
- An example of cast is to throw out a fishing line.
- An example of cast is to select who will play a character in the school production of "Into the Woods."
- An example of cast is to put your ballot in the voting box on election day.
transitive verb, cast′ing
- to put, deposit, or throw with force or violence; fling; hurl
- to give vent to as if by throwing: to cast aspersions
- to deposit (a ballot); register (a vote)
- to cause to fall or turn; direct: to cast one's eyes or attention on a thing
- to give forth; project: to cast light, a shadow, etc.
- to throw out or drop (a net, anchor, etc.) at the end of a rope or cable
- to throw out (a fly, bait, lure, etc.) at the end of a fishing line
- to draw (lots) or throw (dice)
- to bring forth (young), esp. prematurely
- to throw off or away
- to shed; slough: the snake casts its skin
- to add up (accounts, a sum, etc.); calculate by arithmetic
- to calculate (a horoscope, tides, etc.)
- to arrange in some form or system; formulate
- to form (molten metal, plastic, etc.) into a particular shape by pouring or pressing into a mold
- to make by such a method
- to choose and assign actors for (a play, film, etc.)
- to select (an actor) for (a role or part)
- to twist; turn; warp
- Naut. to direct the bow of (a ship) to port or starboard in getting under way
Origin of castMiddle English casten from Old Norse kasta, to throw
- to throw dice
- to throw out a fly, etc. at the end of a fishing line
- Brit., Dial. to vomit
- to turn; warp
- to add up figures; calculate
- to calculate horoscopes, tides, etc.
- to be formed in a mold
- to make a forecast; conjecture
- to deliberate; plan
- Hunting to search for game, a trail, or a lost scent
- to cast a ship
- to veer
- the act of casting; a throw; also, a way of casting or distance thrown; specif.,
- a throw of dice
- a stroke of fortune
- a turn of the eye; glance; look
- a throw of a fishing line, net, etc.
- an adding up; calculation
- a conjecture; forecast
- a quantity or thing cast in a certain way; specif.,
- something thrown up, off, or out, as bait on a line, a pair of hawks in falconry, the dirt thrown up by worms, the shed skin of an insect, etc.
- the amount of metal cast at one time
- something formed in or as in a mold, as a bronze or plaster reproduction of a statue modeled in clay; also, the mold
- a mold or impression taken of an object or of printing type
- a plaster form for immobilizing a broken arm, leg, etc.
- the set of actors in a play or movie
- the form or direction in which a thing is cast; specif.,
- an arrangement
- an appearance or stamp, as of features
- kind; quality: of an aristocratic cast
- a tinge; shade: a reddish cast
- a trace or suggestion
- a turn or twist to one side; tendency; bent
- a slight turning in or out of the eye
- Hunting a scattering of the hounds to find a lost scent
- Med. a substance formed and molded in the cavities of some diseased organs: renal casts
- to search; look (for)
- to make plans; devise
- to refer to something past
- to resemble some distant ancestor
- to turn downward
- to sadden; depress; discourage
- to discard; abandon; disown
- to set free
- to release or disengage the line or lines holding a vessel in place beside a dock, quay, etc.
- Knitting to make the last row of stitches
- Printing to estimate how many lines or pages of type will be set from (a given amount of copy)
- to throw up; vomit
- to turn upward
- to add up; total
- to construct by digging: to cast up earthworks
Origin of -castfrom (broad)cast
verbcast, cast·ing, casts
- a. To throw (something, especially something light): The boy cast stones in the water.b. To throw with force; hurl: waves that cast driftwood far up on the shore. See Synonyms at throw.c. To throw or propel a lure or bait at the end of (a fishing line) into the water so as to catch fish or other aquatic life.d. To throw (a net), as in fishing; cause to spread out.e. To throw on the ground, as in wrestling.f. To let fall; drop: cast anchor.g. To roll or throw (dice, for example).h. To draw (lots).
- To shed; molt: The snake cast its skin.
- To deposit or indicate (a ballot or vote).
- To turn or direct: All eyes were cast upon the speaker.
- a. To cause to fall onto or over something or in a certain direction: candles casting light; trees casting shadows.b. To assert in relation to someone or something or cause to be associated: Don't let him cast aspersions on your character. The results cast doubt on our hypothesis.
- To give birth to prematurely: The cow cast a calf.
- To cause (hunting hounds) to scatter and circle in search of a lost scent.
- a. To choose actors for (a play, for example).b. To assign a certain role to (an actor): cast her as the lead.c. To assign an actor to (a part): cast each role carefully.
- a. To form (liquid metal, for example) into a particular shape by pouring into a mold.b. To make (an object) by casting liquid metal.
- To arrange or devise: cast the book in three parts; cast a plan.
- To calculate or compute; add up (a column of figures).
- To calculate astrologically: cast my horoscope.
- To warp; twist: floorboards cast by age.
- Nautical To turn (a ship); change to the opposite tack.
- To throw something, especially to throw out a lure or bait at the end of a fishing line.
- To add a column of figures; make calculations.
- To receive form or shape in a mold: a material that casts well.
- To become warped.
- To search for a lost scent in hunting with hounds.
- Nautical a. To veer to leeward from a former course; fall off.b. To put about; tack.
- To choose actors for the parts in a play, movie, or other theatrical presentation.
- a. The act or an instance of casting or throwing.b. The act or an instance of throwing a fishing line or net into the water.c. The line or net thrown.d. The distance covered by a throw.e. A throw of dice.f. The number on dice facing up when thrown.
- A stroke of fortune or fate; a lot.
- a. Something, such as molted skin, that is thrown off, out, or away.b. A piece of excrement produced by an earthworm.
- a. A direction or expression of the eyes.b. A slight squint.
- The addition of a column of figures; calculation.
- A conjecture; a forecast.
- a. The act of pouring molten material into a mold.b. The amount of molten material poured into a mold at a single operation.c. Something formed by this means or in a mold or matrix: The sculpture was a bronze cast. They made a cast of her face.
- A rigid dressing, usually made of gauze and plaster of Paris, used to immobilize an injured body part, as in a fracture or dislocation. Also called plaster cast .
- The form in which something is made or constructed; arrangement: the close-set cast of her features.
- Outward form or look; appearance: a suit of stylish cast.
- Sort; type: fancied himself to be of a macho cast.
- An inclination; tendency: her thoughtful cast of mind.
- The actors in a play, movie, or other theatrical presentation.
- A slight trace of color; a tinge.
- A distortion of shape.
- The circling of hounds to pick up a scent in hunting.
- A pair of hawks released by a falconer at one time.
Origin of castMiddle English casten from Old Norse kasta
(third-person singular simple present casts, present participle casting, simple past and past participle cast)
- (now somewhat literary) To throw. [from 13th c.]
- To direct (one's eyes, gaze etc.). [from 13th c.]
- To throw forward (a fishing line, net etc.) into the sea. [from 14th c.]
- To add up (a column of figures, accounts etc.); cross-cast refers to adding up a row of figures. [from 14th c.]
- (astrology) To calculate the astrological value of (a horoscope, birth etc.). [from 14th c.]
- To perform, bring forth (a magical spell or enchantment).
- To throw (light etc.) on or upon something, or in a given direction.
- 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, II.i:
- I wrapt my selfe in Palmers weed, / And cast to seeke him forth through daunger and great dreed.
- Sir W. Temple
- The cloister […] had, I doubt not, been cast for [an orange-house].
- 2002, Jess Cartner-Morley, "How to Wear Clothes", The Guardian, 2 Mar 02:
- You know the saying, "Ne'er cast a clout till May is out"? Well, personally, I'm bored of my winter clothes by March.
- Specifically, to throw down or aside. [from 15th c.]
- (of an animal) To throw off (the skin) as a process of growth; to shed the hair or fur of the coat. [from 15th c.]
- (archaic) To give birth to (a child) prematurely; to miscarry. [from 15th c.]
- To shape (molten metal etc.) by pouring into a mould; to make (an object) in such a way. [from 15th c.]
- To twist or warp (of fabric, timber etc.). [from 16th c.]
- To assign a role in a play or performance. [from 18th c.]
- The director cast the part carefully.
- (nautical) To bring the bows of a sailing ship on to the required tack just as the anchor is weighed by use of the headsail; to bring (a ship) round. [from 18th c.]
- To deposit (a ballot or voting paper); to formally register (one's vote). [from 19th c.]
- (computing) To change a variable type from, for example, integer to real, or integer to text. [from 20th c.]
- Casting is generally an indication of bad design.
- (hunting) Of dogs, hunters: to spread out and search for a scent. [from 18th c.]
- (nautical) To heave the lead and line in order to ascertain the depth of water.
- (medicine) To set (a bone etc.) in a cast.
- (Wicca) To open a circle in order to begin a spell or meeting of witches
- To consider; to turn or revolve in the mind; to plan.
- to cast about for reasons
- (archaic) To throw up, as a mound, or rampart.
- (archaic) To throw out or emit; to exhale.
- (archaic) To impose; to bestow; to rest.
- (archaic) To defeat in a lawsuit; to decide against; to convict.
- to be cast in damages
- To turn (the balance or scale); to overbalance; hence, to make preponderate; to decide.
- a casting voice
- (printing, dated) To stereotype or electrotype.
- An act of throwing.
- Something which has been thrown, dispersed etc.
- A small mass of earth "thrown off" or excreted by a worm.
- The area near the stream was covered with little bubbly worm casts.
- The collective group of actors performing a play or production together. Contrasted with crew.
- He’s in the cast of Oliver.
- The cast was praised for a fine performance.
- The casting procedure.
- The men got into position for the cast, two at the ladle, two with long rods, all with heavy clothing.
- An object made in a mould.
- The cast would need a great deal of machining to become a recognizable finished part.
- A supportive and immobilising device used to help mend broken bones.
- The doctor put a cast on the boy’s broken arm.
- The mould used to make cast objects
- A plaster cast was made of his face.
- (hawking) The number of hawks (occasionally other birds) cast off at one time; a pair.
- A squint.
- Visual appearance.
- Her features had a delicate cast to them.
- The form of one's thoughts, mind etc.
- An animal, especially a horse, that is unable to rise without assistance.
- Animal and insect remains which have been regurgitated by a bird.
- A group of crabs.
From Middle English casten, from Old Norse kasta (“to throw, cast, overturn”), from Proto-Germanic *kastōną (“to throw, cast”), of unknown origin. Cognate with Scots cast (“to cast, throw”), Danish kaste (“to throw”), Swedish kasta (“to throw, cast, fling, toss, discard”), Icelandic kasta (“to pitch, toss”). It displaced native warp; and has in literal senses itself been generally displaced by throw.