- the action of a person or thing that casts (in various senses)
- anything, esp. a metal piece, that has been cast in a mold
- Zool. anything thrown off, ejected, or excreted, esp. the excrement of earthworms
- a. The act or process of making casts or molds.b. Something cast in a mold.
- The act of throwing a fishing line or net.
- Something cast off or out.
- often castings A piece of excrement produced by an earthworm.
- The selection of actors or performers for the parts of a presentation.
- Present participle of cast.
- (computing) The act of converting between data types.
casting - Computer Definition
(2) In programming, the conversion of one data type into another; for example, from an integer to a string or vice versa. The casting statement in the source code of a program causes the compiler to generate the machine code that performs the actual conversion. See integer and string.
(3) In Chromecast video streaming, casting is Google's term for pushing selected content from a computer or mobile device to the TV. See Chromecast.
Variant of cast
transitive verbcast, casting
- 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, gloom, 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 shake (dice) out of a container
- 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., Dialectal 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; also, the number thrown
- 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
cast asideor cast away
- 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