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.
A material that casts well.
All eyes were cast upon the speaker.
The cow cast a calf.
Cast the book in three parts; cast a plan.
Cast my horoscope.
Floorboards cast by age.
The close-set cast of her features.
A suit of stylish cast.
Fancied himself to be of a macho cast.
Her thoughtful cast of mind.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
I wrapt my selfe in Palmers weed, / And cast to seeke him forth through daunger and great dreed.
The cloister […] had, I doubt not, been cast for [an orange-house].
You know the saying, "Ne'er cast a clout till May is out"? Well, personally, I'm bored of my winter clothes by March.
To cast about for reasons.
To be cast in damages.
A casting voice.
The men got into position for the cast, two at the ladle, two with long rods, all with heavy clothing.
The cast would need a great deal of machining to become a recognizable finished part.
A plaster cast was made of his face.
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.
The snake cast its skin.
- To join or side with for better or worse.
- to search; look (for)
- to make plans; devise
- to discard; abandon
- 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.
- to make the last row of stitches
- to estimate how many lines or pages of type will be set from (a given amount of copy)
- to make the first row of stitches
- to force to get out or go away; expel
- to throw up; vomit
- to turn upward
- to add up; total
- to construct by diggingTo cast up earthworks.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of cast
From Webster's New World College Dictionary, 5th Edition
- Middle English casten from Old Norse kasta
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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.