cast
I. verb (cast; casting) Etymology: Middle English, from Old Norse kasta; akin to Old Norse kǫs heap Date: 13th century transitive verb 1. a. to cause to move or send forth by throwing <
cast a fishing lure
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<
cast dice
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b. direct <
cast a glance
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c. (1) to put forth <
the fire casts a warm glow
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cast light on the subject
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(2) to place as if by throwing <
cast doubt on their reliability
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d. to deposit (a ballot) formally e. (1) to throw off or away <
the horse cast a shoe
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(2) to get rid of ; discard <
cast off all restraint
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(3) shed, molt (4) to bring forth; especially to give birth to prematurely f. to throw to the ground especially in wrestling g. to build by throwing up earth 2. a. (1) to perform arithmetical operations on ; add (2) to calculate by means of astrology b. archaic decide, intend 3. a. to dispose or arrange into parts or into a suitable form or order b. (1) to assign the parts of (a dramatic production) to actors <
cast a movie
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(2) to assign (as an actor) to a role or part <
was cast in the leading role
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4. a. to give a shape to (a substance) by pouring in liquid or plastic form into a mold and letting harden without pressure <
cast steel
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b. to form by this process 5. turn <
cast the scale slightly
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6. to make (a knot or stitch) by looping or catching up 7. twist, warp <
a beam cast by age
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intransitive verb 1. to throw something; specifically to throw out a lure with a fishing rod 2. dialect British vomit 3. dialect England to bear fruit ; yield 4. a. to perform addition b. obsolete estimate, conjecture 5. warp 6. to range over land in search of a trail — used of hunting dogs or trackers 7. veer Synonyms: see discard, throwcastability nouncastable adjective II. noun Date: 14th century 1. a. an act of casting b. something that happens as a result of chance c. a throw of dice d. a throw of a line (as a fishing line) or net 2. a. the form in which a thing is constructed b. (1) the set of actors in a dramatic production (2) a set of characters or persons <
in both great houses there is the usual cast of servants — Elizabeth Bowen
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c. the arrangement of draperies in a painting 3. the distance to which a thing can be thrown; specifically the distance a bow can shoot 4. a. a turning of the eye in a particular direction; also expression <
this freakish, elfish cast came into the child's eye — Nathaniel Hawthorne
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b. a slight strabismus 5. something that is thrown or the quantity thrown; especially British the leader of a fishing line 6. a. something that is formed by casting in a mold or form: as (1) a reproduction (as of a statue) in metal or plaster ; casting (2) a fossil reproduction of the details of a natural object by mineral infiltration b. an impression taken from an object with a liquid or plastic substance ; mold c. a rigid casing (as of fiberglass or of gauze impregnated with plaster of paris) used for immobilizing a usually diseased or broken part 7. forecast, conjecture 8. a. an overspread of a color or modification of the appearance of a substance by a trace of some added hue ; shade <
gray with a greenish cast
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b. tinge, suggestion 9. a. a ride on one's way in a vehicle ; lift b. Scottish help, assistance 10. a. shape, appearance <
the delicate cast of her features
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b. characteristic quality <
his father's conservative cast of mind
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11. something that is shed, ejected, or thrown out or off: as a. the excrement of an earthworm b. a mass of soft matter formed in cavities of diseased organs and discharged from the body c. the skin of an insect 12. the ranging in search of a trail by a dog, hunting pack, or tracker

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