Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To throw (something, especially something light): The angler cast the line.
  • transitive v. To throw with force; hurl: waves that cast driftwood far up on the shore. See Synonyms at throw.
  • transitive v. To shed; molt.
  • transitive v. To throw forth; drop: cast anchor.
  • transitive v. To throw on the ground, as in wrestling.
  • transitive v. To deposit or indicate (a ballot or vote).
  • transitive v. To turn or direct: All eyes were cast upon the speaker.
  • transitive v. To cause to fall onto or over something or in a certain direction, as if by throwing: candles casting light; cast aspersions on my character; findings that cast doubt on our hypothesis.
  • transitive v. To bestow; confer: "The government I cast upon my brother” ( Shakespeare).
  • transitive v. To roll or throw (dice, for example).
  • transitive v. To draw (lots).
  • transitive v. To give birth to prematurely: The cow cast a calf.
  • transitive v. To cause (hunting hounds) to scatter and circle in search of a lost scent.
  • transitive v. To choose actors for (a play, for example).
  • transitive v. To assign a certain role to (an actor): cast her as the lead.
  • transitive v. To assign an actor to (a part): cast each role carefully.
  • transitive v. To form (liquid metal, for example) into a particular shape by pouring into a mold.
  • transitive v. To give a form to; arrange: decided to cast the book in three parts.
  • transitive v. To contrive; devise: cast a plan.
  • transitive v. To calculate or compute; add up (a column of figures).
  • transitive v. To calculate astrologically: cast my horoscope.
  • transitive v. To warp; twist: floorboards cast by age.
  • transitive v. Nautical To turn (a ship); change to the opposite tack.
  • intransitive v. To throw something, especially to throw out a lure or bait at the end of a fishing line.
  • intransitive v. To add a column of figures; make calculations.
  • intransitive v. To make a conjecture or a forecast.
  • intransitive v. To receive form or shape in a mold.
  • intransitive v. To become warped.
  • intransitive v. To search for a lost scent in hunting with hounds.
  • intransitive v. Nautical To veer to leeward from a former course; fall off.
  • intransitive v. Nautical To put about; tack.
  • intransitive v. To choose actors for the parts in a play, movie, or other theatrical presentation.
  • intransitive v. Obsolete To estimate; conjecture.
  • n. The act or an instance of casting or throwing.
  • n. The distance thrown.
  • n. A throwing of a fishing line or net into the water.
  • n. The line or net thrown.
  • n. A throw of dice.
  • n. The number thrown.
  • n. A stroke of fortune or fate; lot.
  • n. A direction or expression of the eyes.
  • n. A slight squint.
  • n. Something, such as molted skin, that is thrown off, out, or away.
  • n. The addition of a column of figures; calculation.
  • n. A conjecture; a forecast.
  • n. The act of pouring molten material into a mold.
  • n. The amount of molten material poured into a mold at a single operation.
  • n. Something formed by this means: The sculpture was a bronze cast.
  • n. An impression formed in a mold or matrix; a mold: a cast of her face made in plaster.
  • n. A rigid dressing, usually made of gauze and plaster of Paris, used to immobilize an injured body part, as in a fracture or dislocation. Also called plaster cast.
  • n. The form in which something is made or constructed; arrangement: the close-set cast of her features.
  • n. Outward form or look; appearance: a suit of stylish cast.
  • n. Sort; type: fancied himself to be of a macho cast.
  • n. An inclination; tendency: her thoughtful cast of mind.
  • n. The actors in a play, movie, or other theatrical presentation.
  • n. A slight trace of color; a tinge.
  • n. A distortion of shape.
  • n. The circling of hounds to pick up a scent in hunting.
  • n. A pair of hawks released by a falconer at one time. See Synonyms at flock1.
  • about To make a search; look: had to cast about for an hour, looking for a good campsite.
  • about To devise means; contrive.
  • cast off To discard; reject: cast off old clothing.
  • cast off To let go; set loose: cast off a boat; cast off a line.
  • cast off To make the last row of stitches in knitting.
  • cast off Printing To estimate the space a mansucript will occupy when set into type.
  • cast on To make the first row of stitches in knitting.
  • cast out To drive out by force; expel.
  • idiom cast (one's) lot with To join or side with for better or worse.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To perform, bring forth (a magical spell or enchantment).
  • v. To throw (light etc.) on or upon something, or in a given direction.
  • v. To heave the lead and line in order to ascertain the depth of water.
  • v. To set (a bone etc.) in a cast.
  • v. To open a circle in order to begin a spell or meeting of witches
  • n. An act of throwing.
  • n. Something which has been thrown, dispersed etc.
  • n. A small mass of earth "thrown off" or excreted by a worm.
  • n. The collective group of actors performing a play or production together. Contrasted with crew.
  • n. The casting procedure.
  • n. An object made in a mould.
  • n. A supportive and immobilising device used to help mend broken bones.
  • n. The mould used to make cast objects
  • n. A squint.
  • n. Visual appearance.
  • n. The form of one's thoughts, mind etc.
  • n. An animal, especially a horse, that is unable to rise without assistance.
  • n. Animal and insect remains which have been regurgitated by a bird.
  • n. A group of crabs.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3d pers. pres. of cast, for Casteth.
  • n. The act of casting or throwing; a throw.
  • n. The thing thrown.
  • n. The distance to which a thing is or can be thrown.
  • n. A throw of dice; hence, a chance or venture.
  • n. That which is throw out or off, shed, or ejected.
  • n. The act of casting in a mold.
  • n. An impression or mold, taken from a thing or person; amold; a pattern.
  • n. That which is formed in a mild; esp. a reproduction or copy, as of a work of art, in bronze or plaster, etc.; a casting.
  • n. Form; appearence; mien; air; style.
  • n. A tendency to any color; a tinge; a shade.
  • n. A chance, opportunity, privilege, or advantage; specifically, an opportunity of riding; a lift.
  • n. The assignment of parts in a play to the actors.
  • n. A flight or a couple or set of hawks let go at one time from the hand.
  • n. A stoke, touch, or trick.
  • n. A motion or turn, as of the eye; direction; look; glance; squint.
  • n. A tube or funnel for conveying metal into a mold.
  • n. Four; that is, as many as are thrown into a vessel at once in counting herrings, etc; a warp.
  • n. Contrivance; plot, design.
  • intransitive v. To throw, as a line in angling, esp, with a fly hook.
  • intransitive v. To turn the head of a vessel around from the wind in getting under weigh.
  • intransitive v. To consider; to turn or revolve in the mind; to plan.
  • intransitive v. To calculate; to compute.
  • intransitive v. To receive form or shape in a mold.
  • intransitive v. To warp; to become twisted out of shape.
  • intransitive v. To vomit.
  • transitive v. To send or drive by force; to throw; to fling; to hurl; to impel.
  • transitive v. To direct or turn, as the eyes.
  • transitive v. To drop; to deposit.
  • transitive v. To throw down, as in wrestling.
  • transitive v. To throw up, as a mound, or rampart.
  • transitive v. To throw off; to eject; to shed; to lose.
  • transitive v. To bring forth prematurely; to slink.
  • transitive v. To throw out or emit; to exhale.
  • transitive v. To cause to fall; to shed; to reflect; to throw.
  • transitive v. To impose; to bestow; to rest.
  • transitive v. To dismiss; to discard; to cashier.
  • transitive v. To compute; to reckon; to calculate.
  • transitive v. To contrive; to plan.
  • transitive v. To defeat in a lawsuit; to decide against; to convict.
  • transitive v. To turn (the balance or scale); to overbalance; hence, to make preponderate; to decide.
  • transitive v. To form into a particular shape, by pouring liquid metal or other material into a mold; to fashion; to found.
  • transitive v. To stereotype or electrotype.
  • transitive v. To fix, distribute, or allot, as the parts of a play among actors; also to assign (an actor) for a part.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To throw, either literally or figuratively: as, to cast a stone at a bird; to cast light on a subject; to cast a shadow; to cast a slur on one's reputation.
  • To throw with violence or force; fling; hurl: usually with some adjunct, such as away, down, into, off, out, etc. See phrases below.
  • Specifically To throw to the ground, as in wrestling; especially, to throw a horse or other animal to the ground, as in training, or for a surgical operation or slaughter.
  • To decide or bring in a verdict against, as in a lawsuit; condemn as guilty; hence, to defeat.
  • To disband or break up (a regiment or company); hence, to dismiss; reject; cashier; discard.
  • To shed or throw off; part with; lose: as, trees cast their fruit; a serpent casts his skin; “to cast the rags of sin,” ; “casted slough,”
  • To throw out or up; eject; vomit.
  • To form by throwing up earth; raise.
  • To emit or give out.
  • To bestow; confer (upon) or transfer (to).
  • To turn; direct: as, to cast a look or glance of the eye.
  • Reflexive: To think or propose to (one's self); intend.
  • To consider; think out; hence, to plan; contrive; arrange.
  • Theat.: To distribute or allot the parts among the actors: said of a play: as, to “cast the ‘Merchant of Venice,’”
  • To assign a certain part or rôle to; as, to cast an actress for the part of Portia.
  • To find or ascertain by computation; compute; reckon; calculate: as, to cast accounts; to cast a nativity.
  • To bring forth abortively.
  • To found; form into a particular shape or object, as liquid metal, by pouring into a mold.
  • To form by founding; make by pouring molten matter into a mold.
  • In falconry, to place (a hawk) upon his perch.
  • To winnow (grain) by throwing in the air, or from one side of a barn or threshing-floor to the other.
  • To wreck: as, the ship was cast away on the coast of Africa.
  • Nautical, to unloose or let go: as, to cast off a vessel in tow. In hunting, to leave behind, as dogs; set loose or free.
  • In knitting, to finish (the work) at any part by working off the stitches, so that it remains firm and permanent. In printing, to compute the space required for each column or division of, as a table, a piece of music, or the like, so that the matter furnished may properly fit the space at command.
  • To speak or give vent to. Addison.
  • To eject; vomit.
  • To twit or upbraid with; recall to one's notice for the purpose of annoying: with to.
  • To raise; throw up.
  • Synonyms Fling, etc. See hurl.
  • To throw; shoot.
  • To throw up; vomit.
  • To turn or revolve something in the mind; ponder; consider; scheme.
  • To make calculations; sum up accounts.
  • To warp; become twisted or distorted.
  • To lose color; fade.
  • To receive form or shape in a mold.
  • Nautical: To fall off or incline, so as to bring the side to the wind: applied particularly to a ship riding with her head to the wind when her anchor is first loosened in getting under way. To tack; put about; wear ship.
  • In hunting, to search for the scent or trail of game.
  • Of bees, to swarm.
  • Of the sky, to clear up.
  • In hunting, to go about in different directions in order to discover a lost scent.
  • To consider; search in the mind for some contrivance by which to accomplish one's end; scheme.
  • To return toward some ancestral type or character; show resemblance to a remote ancestor.
  • Thrown aside as useless; rejected; cast-off: as, cast clothes.
  • Condemned: as, “a cast criminal,”
  • Cashiered; discarded.
  • Faded in color.
  • Made by founding or casting: as, cast-iron or -steel. See cast-iron.
  • Rank; vile.
  • In agriculture, to replow (old ridges) with the furrows all in one direction. See casting, 13.
  • n. The act of casting.
  • n. The leader with flies attached, used in angling.
  • n. A throw; the distance to which a thing may be thrown; reach; extent.
  • n. Specifically A throw of dice; hence, a state of chance or hazard.
  • n. Occasion; opportunity.
  • n. A contrivance; plot; design.
  • n. A stroke; a touch; a trick.
  • n. Motion or turn (of the eye); direction, look, or glance; hence, a slight squint: as, to have a cast in one's eye.
  • n. A twist or contortion.
  • n. Bent; tendency.
  • n. Manner; outward appearance; air; mien; style.
  • n. A tinge; a shade or trace; a slight coloring, or a slight degree of a color: as, a cast of green.
  • n. That which is formed by founding; anything shaped in or as if in a mold while in a fluid or plastic state; a casting: often used figuratively.
  • n. An impression formed in a mold or matrix; in geology, the impression of an animal of a former epoch left in soft earth which has become stone: as, a cast of a man's face taken in plaster; a cast of a trilobite.
  • n. Hence An impression in general; an imparted or derived appearance, character, or characteristic; stamp.
  • n. One of the worm-like coils of sand produced by the lugworm.
  • n. In founding: A tube of wax fitted into a mold. A hollow cylindrical piece of brass or copper, slit in two lengthwise, to form a canal or conduit in a mold for conveying metal. A small brass funnel at one end of a mold for casting pipes, by means of which the melted metal is poured into the mold. The type or plate made from melted type-metal by a type-founder or stereotyper. The act of founding or making printing-types or electroplates.
  • n. A mass of feathers, fur, bones, or other indigestible matters ejected from the stomach by a hawk or other bird of prey. Also called casting.
  • n. An assignment of the parts of a play to the several actors; the company of actors to whom the parts of a play are assigned: as, the play was produced with a very strong cast.

Etymologies

Middle English casten, from Old Norse kasta.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English casten, from Old Norse kasta ("to throw, cast, overturn"), from Proto-Germanic *kastōnan (“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. (Wiktionary)

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  • No poaching or coaching?! (narrowcast and/or broadcast?)(or anyplace on the the intermediate spectrum)!

    July 26, 2012

  • I'm looking for a meaning related to 18thC cooking.(Take 2 eggs, cast them well). Anyone know?

    July 25, 2012

  • Thanks, hh. I've added this to my falconry list.

    January 3, 2012

  • A cast of hawks - two hawks simultaneously released by a falconer, presumably after a brace of partridges.

    January 3, 2012

  • cast a spell - something that a wizard can do (Em português: lançar um feitiço ou algo similar)

    August 12, 2010

  • In sheep, unable to regain footing. Also riggwelter.

    February 18, 2010