from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act or process of making casts or molds.
  • noun Something cast in a mold.
  • noun The act of throwing a fishing line or net.
  • noun Something cast off or out.
  • noun A piece of excrement produced by an earthworm.
  • noun The selection of actors or performers for the parts of a presentation.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun plural The pellets of hair and bones cast up by owls and hawks.
  • noun A premature shedding or falling of leaves which may be due to any one of various causes, but especially to drought, crowding of plants, or the attacks of parasitic fungi. See Lophodermium.
  • noun In the fine arts, the arrangement of draperies and accessories.
  • noun In agriculture, replowing old ‘ridges’ or ‘lands,’ with all the furrows of each in one direction. By this method two adjoining ridges are made into a single broad one, the crown occupying the place of the old water-furrow; or each retains its form, the water-furrow being kept clear.
  • noun The act or process of founding.
  • noun In the fine arts, the process of taking casts or impressions of statues, medals, etc., in clay, pitch, plaster, or fused metal.
  • noun That which as been cast, or formed by running melted metal into a mold of any desired form. When used without qualification, the word usually denotes a casting of iron.
  • noun Anything appearing as if cast in a mold; specifically, a string-shaped mass of earth voided by an earthworm; a worm-cast.
  • noun Vomiting; vomit.
  • noun Same as cast, 18.
  • noun A purge consisting of pellets of hemp, cotton, feathers, or the like, given to hawks.
  • noun Contrivance; distribution; arrangement.
  • noun In sail-making, the calculated dimensions and shape of each cloth in a sail.
  • noun Luck, as in dealing cards.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of one who casts or throws, as in fishing.
  • noun The act or process of making casts or impressions, or of shaping metal or plaster in a mold; the act or the process of pouring molten metal into a mold.
  • noun That which is cast in a mold; esp. the mass of metal so cast.
  • noun The warping of a board.
  • noun The act of casting off, or that which is cast off, as skin, feathers, excrement, etc.
  • noun the proper distribution of the folds of garments, in painting and sculpture.
  • noun (Fishing) the leader; also, sometimes applied to the long reel line.
  • noun a net which is cast and drawn, in distinction from a net that is set and left.
  • noun the decisive vote of a presiding officer, when the votes of the assembly or house are equally divided.
  • noun a weight that turns a balance when exactly poised.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Present participle of cast.
  • verb computing The act of converting between data types.
  • noun The act or process of selecting actors, singers, dancers, models, etc.
  • noun A manufacturing process using a mold.
  • noun The regurgitation of fur, feathers, and other undigestible material by hawks, to clean and empty their crops.
  • noun The excreta of an earthworm or similar creature.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun object formed by a mold
  • noun the act of throwing a fishing line out over the water by means of a rod and reel
  • noun the choice of actors to play particular roles in a play or movie
  • noun the act of creating something by casting it in a mold


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