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Definition of "cast" []

  • To throw (something, especially something light): The angler cast the line. (verb-transitive)
  • To throw with force; hurl: waves that cast driftwood far up on the shore. See Synonyms at throw. (verb-transitive)
  • To shed; molt. (verb-transitive)
  • To throw forth; drop: cast anchor. (verb-transitive)
  • To throw on the ground, as in wrestling. (verb-transitive)
  • To throw or expel with violence or force (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To throw off or away (verb)
  • To reject or dismiss (verb)
  • To shed or drop (verb)
  • To cause to appear (verb)
  • To express (doubts, suspicions, etc) or cause (them) to be felt (verb)
  • To direct (a glance, attention, etc) (verb)
  • To place, esp in a violent manner (verb)
  • To throw (a line) into the water (verb)
  • To draw or choose (lots) (verb)
  • To give or deposit (a vote) (verb)
  • To select (actors) to play parts in (a play, film, etc) (verb)
  • To shape (molten metal, glass, etc) by pouring or pressing it into a mould (verb)
  • To make (an object) by such a process (verb)
  • To compute (figures or a total) (verb)
  • To predict (verb)
  • 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, etc (verb)
  • To contrive (esp in the phrase cast a spell) (verb)
  • To formulate (verb)
  • To twist or cause to twist (verb)
  • To turn the head of (a sailing vessel) or (of a sailing vessel) to be turned away from the wind in getting under way (verb)
  • To direct (a pack of hounds) over (ground) where their quarry may recently have passed (verb)
  • (of birds of prey) to eject from the crop and bill a pellet consisting of the indigestible parts of birds or animals previously eaten (verb)
  • To hold the body of a hawk between the hands so as to perform some operation upon it (verb)
  • To stereotype or electrotype (verb)
  • The act of casting or throwing (noun)
  • Something that is shed, dropped, or egested, such as the coil of earth left by an earthworm (noun)
  • An object that is thrown (noun)
  • The distance an object is or may be thrown (noun)
  • A throw at dice (noun)
  • The resulting number shown (noun)
  • A trace with a fly or flies attached (noun)
  • The act or an instance of casting (noun)
  • The wide sweep made by a sheepdog to get behind a flock of sheep or by a hunting dog in search of a scent (noun)
  • The actors in a play collectively (noun)
  • (as modifier) (noun)
  • An object made of metal, glass, etc, that has been shaped in a molten state by being poured or pressed into a mould (noun)
  • The mould used to shape such an object (noun)
  • Form or appearance (noun)
  • Sort, kind, or style (noun)
  • A fixed twist or defect, esp in the eye (noun)
  • A distortion of shape (noun)
  • A rigid encircling casing, often made of plaster of Paris, for immobilizing broken bones while they heal (noun)
  • A mass of fatty, waxy, cellular, or other material formed in a diseased body cavity, passage, etc (noun)
  • The act of casting a pack of hounds (noun)
  • A pair of falcons working in combination to pursue the same quarry (noun)
  • The speed imparted to an arrow by a particular bow (noun)
  • A slight tinge or trace, as of colour (noun)
  • A computation or calculation (noun)
  • A forecast or conjecture (noun)
  • Fortune or a stroke of fate (noun)
  • A replica of an organic object made of nonorganic material, esp a lump of sediment that indicates the internal or external surface of a shell or skeleton (noun)
  • A sedimentary structure representing the infilling of a mark or depression in a soft layer of sediment (or bed) (noun)

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Use "cast" in a sentence
  • "Thus, _to cast_ means _to throw_; but _to cast up_ an account, signifies _to compute_ it; therefore _up_ is a part of the verb."
  • "_ The vote was ordered to be cast, _and should have been cast_ in the negative."
  • "III. 1.93 (69,3) [His filth within being cast] To _cast_ a pond is to empty it of mud."