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

  • n. The act or process of making casts or molds.
  • n. Something cast in a mold.
  • n. The act of throwing a fishing line.
  • n. Something cast off or out.
  • n. The selection of actors or performers for the parts of a presentation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of one who casts or throws, as in fishing.
  • n. 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.
  • n. That which is cast in a mold; esp. the mass of metal so cast.
  • n. The warping of a board.
  • n. The act of casting off, or that which is cast off, as skin, feathers, excrement, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act or process of founding.
  • n. In the fine arts, the process of taking casts or impressions of statues, medals, etc., in clay, pitch, plaster, or fused metal.
  • n. 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.
  • n. Anything appearing as if cast in a mold; specifically, a string-shaped mass of earth voided by an earthworm; a worm-cast.
  • n. Vomiting; vomit.
  • n. Same as cast, 18.
  • n. A purge consisting of pellets of hemp, cotton, feathers, or the like, given to hawks.
  • n. Contrivance; distribution; arrangement.
  • n. In sail-making, the calculated dimensions and shape of each cloth in a sail.
  • n. Luck, as in dealing cards.
  • n. plural The pellets of hair and bones cast up by owls and hawks.
  • n. 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.
  • n. In the fine arts, the arrangement of draperies and accessories.
  • n. 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.

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

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


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