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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
cast /kæst/USA pronunciation
v., cast, cast•ing, n. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
- [~ + object] to throw or hurl;
fling: to cast dice.
- to direct (the eye, etc.)[~ + object]She kept casting glances at me across the room.
- [~ + object] to cause to fall; put or send forth: This special lightbulb casts a soft light.
- to draw (lots), as in telling fortunes[~ + object]The soldiers cast lots to see who would draw guard duty.
- Sport to throw out (a fishing line, etc.)[~ + object]I was casting my line from the shore when it got tangled with hers.
- [~ + object] to shed or drop: The snake cast its skin.
- [~ + object] to put or place, esp. by force: The villain was cast into prison.
- to deposit or give (a ballot)[~ + object]cast his ballot for president.
- [~ + object] to form or arrange; plan out: He cast his speech in more military terms.
- [~ + object] to select actors for (a play, etc.):The directors and producers were casting the part of Hamlet.
to form (an object) by pouring metal, etc., into a mold and letting it harden[~ + object]The statue was cast from bronze.
cast about or around ,
- to assign a role to (an actor): [~ + object]They cast him in the role of Caesar.[~ + object + as + object]They cast him as Hamlet in their production.
- [~ + about/around + object] to search; look:I cast about the room to find a container.
- [ ~ + for + obj] to seek:always casting around for some way to make more money.
cast away or aside,
- [no object] to devise a plan; scheme:She was casting about to get the boss's attention.
cast back, [~ + object + back] to refer to something past; go back to something past:I cast my mind back to the days of my childhood.
- to reject;
discard: [~ + away/aside + object]They cast aside our objections.[~ + object + away/aside]Don't cast it away.
- [ ~ + off + obj] to discard;
reject:We cast off our doubts and signed the contract.
- to let go or let loose, as a ship from a mooring: [~ + off + object]The sailors cast off the ropes and set sail.[~ + object + off]They cast the ropes off and set sail.
cast out, [~ + out + object] to force to leave; expel;
- [~ + off + object] to complete a knitted fabric by looping over or removing (the final stitches):began to cast off the last row of stitches.
banish:They said he could cast out demons and heal the sick.
Sportthe act of throwing a fishing line or net onto the water:My first cast went out about fifteen feet.
Show Business the group of performers in a play, etc.; players[usually singular]The cast threw a party after the last performance.
- the act of throwing.
- a throw of dice:After each cast, the player may bid or take a card.
Medicinea rigid, hard covering used to protect and hold in place a broken bone:They put my arm in a cast.
- something made by pouring liquid metal, etc., into a mold and letting it harden.
quality: minds of a philosophical cast.
a turning of the eye to the side.
(kast, käst), v., cast, cast•ing, n., adj.
- to throw or hurl;
fling:The gambler cast the dice.
- to throw off or away:He cast the advertisement in the wastebasket.
- to direct (the eye, a glance, etc.), esp. in a cursory manner:She cast her eyes down the page.
- to cause to fall upon something or in a certain direction; send forth:to cast a soft light;
to cast a spell;
to cast doubts.
- to draw (lots), as in telling fortunes.
- to throw out (a fishing line, net, bait, etc.):The fisherman cast his line.
to throw down or bring to the ground:She cast herself on the sofa.
to part with; lose:The horse cast a shoe.
to shed or drop (hair, fruit, etc.):The snake cast its skin.
Veterinary Diseases(of an animal) to bring forth (young), esp. abortively.
to send off (a swarm), as bees do.
to throw or set aside; discard or reject;
- to fish in (a stream, an area, etc.):He has often cast this brook.
dismiss:He cast the problem from his mind.
to throw forth, as from within;
emit or eject;
to throw up (earth, sod, etc.), as with a shovel.
to put or place, esp. hastily or forcibly:to cast someone in prison.
to deposit or give (a ballot or vote).
to bestow; confer:to cast blessings upon someone.
to make suitable or accordant;
tailor:He cast his remarks to fit the occasion.
- to select actors for (a play, motion picture, or the like).
- to allot a role to (an actor).
to form (an object) by pouring metal, plaster, etc., in a fluid state into a mold and letting it harden.
to form (metal, plaster, etc.) into a particular shape by pouring it into a mold in a fluid state and letting it harden.
Metallurgyto tap (a blast furnace).
Mathematicsto compute or calculate; add, as a column of figures.
Astrologyto compute or calculate (a horoscope) astrologically;
- to assign an actor to (a role).
to turn or twist;
Nautical, Naval Terms[Naut.]to turn the head of (a vessel), esp. away from the wind in getting under way.
Sport[Fox Hunting.](of a hunter) to lead or direct (hounds) over ground believed to have been recently traveled by a fox.
[Archaic.]to contrive, devise, or plan.
- to throw.
- to receive form in a mold.
- Mathematicsto calculate or add.
- to conjecture;
- (of hounds) to search an area for scent:The setter cast, but found no scent.
- to warp, as timber.
- Nautical, Naval Terms[Naut.](of a vessel) to turn, esp. to get the head away from the wind;
- Show Businessto select the actors for a play, motion picture, or the like.
- to look, as to find something;
seek:We cast about for something to do during the approaching summer vacation.
- to scheme; plan:He cast about how he could avoid work.
- Also,cast aside. to reject;
cast back, to refer to something past; revert to:The composer casts back to his earlier work.
cast down, to lower;
- to throw away;
squander:He will cast away this money just as he has done in the past.
- to let go or let loose, as a vessel from a mooring.
- [Print.]to determine the quantity of type or space that a given amount of text will occupy when set.
- [Textiles.]to make (the final stitches) in completing a knitted fabric.
Textilescast on, [Textiles.]to set (yarn) on a needle in order to form the initial stitches in knitting.
cast out, to force out;
- to throw (a falcon) off from the fist to pursue game.
- [Chiefly Scot.]to turn up;
- act of casting or throwing.
- that which is thrown.
- the distance to which a thing may be cast or thrown.
- act of throwing a line or net onto the water.
Show Business[Theat.]the group of performers to whom parts are assigned;
- a spot for casting;
a fishing place.
Sport[Hunting.]a searching of an area for a scent by hounds.
a stroke of fortune;
fortune or lot.
a ride offered on one's way;
the form in which something is made or written;
- act of casting or founding.
something formed from a material poured into a mold in a molten or liquid state;
- the quantity of metal cast at one time.
an impression or mold made from something.
Medicine[Med.]a rigid surgical dressing, usually made of bandage treated with plaster of Paris.
a permanent twist or turn:to have a cast in one's eye.
a slight tinge of some color; hue;
shade:A good diamond does not have a yellowish cast.
a dash or trace;
a small amount.
Veterinary Diseases[Zool.]something that is shed, ejected, or cast off or out, as molted skin, a feather, food from a bird's crop, or the coil of sand and waste passed by certain earthworms.
Birds[Ornith.]pellet (def. 6).
Sport[Falconry.]a pair of hawks put in flight together.
Pathology[Pathol.]effused plastic matter produced in the hollow parts of various diseased organs.
Textileslow-grade, irregular wool.
Idiomsat a single cast, through a single action or event:He bankrupted himself at a single cast.
- Veterinary Diseases(of an animal, esp. a horse) lying in such a position that it is unable to return to its feet without assistance.
1 . See throw. 63 . See turn.
- Old Norse kasta to throw
- Middle English casten 1175–1225
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
cast /kɑːst/ vb (casts, casting, cast)(mainly tr)
- to throw or expel with violence or force
- to throw off or away: she cast her clothes to the ground
- to reject or dismiss: he cast the idea from his mind
- to shed or drop: the snake cast its skin, the horse cast a shoe, the ship cast anchor
- to cause to appear: to cast a shadow
- to express (doubts, suspicions, etc) or cause (them) to be felt
- to direct (a glance, attention, etc): cast your eye over this
- to place, esp in a violent manner: he was cast into prison
- (also intr) to throw (a line) into the water
- to draw or choose (lots)
- to give or deposit (a vote)
- to select (actors) to play parts in (a play, film, etc)
- to shape (molten metal, glass, etc) by pouring or pressing it into a mould
- to make (an object) by such a process
- (also intr) often followed by up: to compute (figures or a total)
- to draw on (a horoscope) details concerning the positions of the planets in the signs of the zodiac at a particular time for interpretation in terms of human characteristics, behaviour,
- to contrive (esp in the phrase cast a spell)
- to formulate: he cast his work in the form of a chart
- (also intr) to twist or cause to twist
- (intransitive) (of birds of prey) to eject from the crop and bill a pellet consisting of the indigestible parts of birds or animals previously eaten
- to stereotype or electrotype
See also cast about
- the act of casting or throwing
Also called: casting something that is shed, dropped, or egested, such as the coil of earth left by an earthworm
- another name for pellet
- the distance an object is or may be thrown
- a throw at dice
- the resulting number shown
- the act or an instance of casting
- the wide sweep made by a sheepdog to get behind a flock of sheep or by a hunting dog in search of a scent
- the actors in a play collectively
- (as modifier): a cast list
- an object made of metal, glass, etc, that has been shaped in a molten state by being poured or pressed into a mould
- the mould used to shape such an object
- form or appearance
- sort, kind, or style
- a fixed twist or defect, esp in the eye
- a distortion of shape
- a rigid encircling casing, often made of plaster of Paris, for immobilizing broken bones while they heal
- a slight tinge or trace, as of colour
- fortune or a stroke of fate
, castawayEtymology: 13th Century: from Old Norse kasta