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

  • intransitive verb To throw (something, especially something light).
  • intransitive verb To throw with force; hurl: synonym: throw.
  • intransitive verb To throw or propel a lure or bait at the end of (a fishing line) into the water so as to catch fish or other aquatic life.
  • intransitive verb To throw (a net), as in fishing; cause to spread out.
  • intransitive verb To throw on the ground, as in wrestling.
  • intransitive verb To let fall; drop.
  • intransitive verb To roll or throw (dice, for example).
  • intransitive verb To draw (lots).
  • intransitive verb To shed; molt.
  • intransitive verb To deposit or indicate (a ballot or vote).
  • intransitive verb To turn or direct.
  • intransitive verb To cause to fall onto or over something or in a certain direction.
  • intransitive verb To assert in relation to someone or something or cause to be associated.
  • intransitive verb To give birth to prematurely.
  • intransitive verb To cause (hunting hounds) to scatter and circle in search of a lost scent.
  • intransitive verb To choose actors for (a play, for example).
  • intransitive verb To assign a certain role to (an actor).
  • intransitive verb To assign an actor to (a part).
  • intransitive verb To form (liquid metal, for example) into a particular shape by pouring into a mold.
  • intransitive verb To make (an object) by casting liquid metal.
  • intransitive verb To arrange or devise.
  • intransitive verb To calculate or compute; add up (a column of figures).
  • intransitive verb To calculate astrologically.
  • intransitive verb To warp; twist.
  • intransitive verb Nautical To turn (a ship); change to the opposite tack.
  • intransitive verb To throw something, especially to throw out a lure or bait at the end of a fishing line.
  • intransitive verb To add a column of figures; make calculations.
  • intransitive verb To receive form or shape in a mold.
  • intransitive verb To become warped.
  • intransitive verb To search for a lost scent in hunting with hounds.
  • intransitive verb To veer to leeward from a former course; fall off.
  • intransitive verb To put about; tack.
  • intransitive verb To choose actors for the parts in a play, movie, or other theatrical presentation.
  • noun The act or an instance of casting or throwing.
  • noun The act or an instance of throwing a fishing line or net into the water.
  • noun The line or net thrown.
  • noun The distance covered by a throw.
  • noun A throw of dice.
  • noun The number on dice facing up when thrown.
  • noun A stroke of fortune or fate; a lot.
  • noun Something, such as molted skin, that is thrown off, out, or away.
  • noun A piece of excrement produced by an earthworm.


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

[Middle English casten, from Old Norse kasta.]

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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.


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