American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A coarse plaster of lime, shells, and pebbles used for outside wall surfaces.
- n. A rough preliminary model or form.
- v. To plaster (a wall, for example) with roughcast.
- v. To shape or work into a rough or preliminary form.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A kind of plastering for an external wall, composed of an almost fluid mixture of clean gravel and lime, dashed on the wall, to which it adheres.
- To form roughly or crudely; compose or shape in a rudimental manner; block out in the rough: as, to rough-cast a model; to rough-cast a story or an essay.
- To cover with a coarse semi-fluid plaster by casting or throwing it: as, to rough-cast a wall. See the noun.
- n. A crude model.
- n. A rough surface finish, as of a plaster or stucco wall.
- n. A mixture of pebbles or similar material used to finish a plaster or concrete wall.
- v. To shape crudely.
- v. To apply a roughcast finish to a wall.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To form in its first rudiments, without revision, correction, or polish.
- v. To mold without nicety or elegance; to form with asperities and inequalities.
- v. To plaster with a mixture of lime and shells or pebbles.
- n. A rude model; the rudimentary, unfinished form of thing.
- n. A kind of plastering made of lime, with a mixture of shells or pebbles, used for covering buildings.
- n. a coarse plaster for the surface of external walls
- v. shape roughly
- v. hew roughly, without finishing the surface
- n. a rough preliminary model
- v. apply roughcast to
- rough + cast (Wiktionary)
“Down roughcast, down dazzling whitewash, 'wherever an elm arches,”
“Down roughcast, down dazzling whitewash, ' wherever an elm arches”
“Bifolding glass doors and windows ran the length of the house, opening out to a wide sun-drenched terrace flanked by roughcast walls smothered in a dark creeper, the outer edge of which fell away with heart-stopping suddenness into a zigzag shaped swimming pool.”
“The Holiday Lodge, Christchurch, is a fancy sounding name for what are a collection of ageing, roughcast motel units in”
“On the roughcast wall only a few letters of the name Kaplan et Zanin were still legible.”
“They resembled each other like drops of water; each one stood in the middle of its fields, the garden was by the roadside, shut off by a wooden fence; the house, roughcast, consisted of four large rooms, and behind it was a good - sized square of farm-buildings.”
“Some of these were of the old-fashioned, classic type, and others new examples of a national architecture seeking to find itself, -- white and yellow colonial, roughcast modifications of the Shakespearian period, and nondescript mixtures of cobblestones and shingles.”
“When the stuccoed front of our house was demolished, to show the oaken pattern (but it had to be re-roughcast to keep out the weather), there were pailsful of honey carried off by the labourers, of course not without wounds and strife: but in ordinary times it is a strange fact that our bees never sting their hosts; be careful only to remain quiet, and there is no war between man and bee.”
“Down roughcast, down dazzling whitewash, | wherever an elm arches,”
“As soon as the settler is ready to build, let him put up a good frame, roughcast, or stone-house, if he can possibly raise the means, as stone, timber, and lime, cost nothing but the labour of collecting and carrying the materials.”
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