Definitions

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  • v. To cast about; make a circuit; travel around (a place).
  • v. To consider, ponder.
  • v. To hunt, search for the spoor, explore, seek, sniff around.
  • v. To surround, encircle, beset; umbeset, circle around.
  • v. To bind, tie up.
  • v. To cast a shadow, cover with a shadow, shade

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To cast about; to consider; to ponder.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To cast about; make a circuit.

Etymologies

From Middle English umbecasten, equivalent to umbe- +‎ cast. (Wiktionary)

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  • (a) Hunt. To search for the spoor, explore; -- used of either the hunter or the hound; ~ abouten, of the hunter: cast about, explore; of the hound: sniff around;
    (b) to search (a place) thoroughly; also, hunt. seek (the quarry);
    (c) to surround (sb., sth., a place), encircle, beset; of a bird: circle around (an area);
    (d) to bind (sth.) with cords, tie up;
    (e) to cover (sb.) with a shadow, shade; -- used fig.

    October 29, 2011

  • Yes, I was having an umbelievable time listing "umbe" words yesterday. :-)

    December 2, 2008

  • bilby: Looks like umbewhile and umbestound are still unvarnished. Not to mention umberty. Should be some possibilities there.

    December 2, 2008

  • It's listworthy.

    December 2, 2008

  • Hey, this looks like a fun game! May I play too?

    December 2, 2008

  • Hahaha, holy shit.

    December 2, 2008

  • rumbecast: befuddled by drink
    drumbecast: deafened by the percussion section
    numbecast: befuddled to the point of paralysis
    dumbecast: nonplussed
    mumbecast: in thrall to one's mother (think Psycho)
    bumbecast: stopped in one's tracks by a pretty derriere
    klumbecast: addicted to Project Runway
    crumbecast: will do anything for streusel
    feefifofumbecast: surrounded by giants
    gumbecast: Oops! Pokey's friend has broken a "limb"
    plumbecast: infatuated with Joe the ....
    scrumbecast: enthusiastic about rugby
    sumbecast: arithmetically gifted
    thumbecast: having had one's digits broken by gangsters for late payment of a gambling debt
    slumbecast: trapped in the inner city
    wumbecast: crouched in a fetal position
    yumbecast: in a state of ecstasy brought on by food of the utmost deliciosity
    zumbecast: surrounded by a swarm of bees


    December 2, 2008

  • (Obsolete) To surround; encircle.

    December 2, 2008