Definitions

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

  • noun A coarse plaster of lime, shells, and pebbles used for outside wall surfaces.
  • noun A rough preliminary model or form.
  • transitive verb To plaster (a wall, for example) with roughcast.
  • transitive verb To shape or work into a rough or preliminary form.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • noun 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.

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

  • transitive verb To form in its first rudiments, without revision, correction, or polish.
  • transitive verb To mold without nicety or elegance; to form with asperities and inequalities.
  • transitive verb To plaster with a mixture of lime and shells or pebbles.
  • noun A rude model; the rudimentary, unfinished form of a thing.
  • noun A kind of plastering made of lime, with a mixture of shells or pebbles, used for covering buildings.

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

  • noun A crude model.
  • noun A rough surface finish, as of a plaster or stucco wall.
  • noun A mixture of pebbles or similar material used to finish a plaster or concrete wall.
  • verb To shape crudely.
  • verb To apply a roughcast finish to a wall.

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

  • noun a coarse plaster for the surface of external walls
  • verb shape roughly
  • verb hew roughly, without finishing the surface
  • noun a rough preliminary model
  • verb apply roughcast to

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

rough +‎ cast

Examples

  • Down roughcast, down dazzling whitewash, 'wherever an elm arches,

    John Lundberg: Turning Poetry Into Music

  • Down roughcast, down dazzling whitewash, ' wherever an elm arches

    in like a lion

  • Down roughcast, down dazzling whitewash, ' wherever an elm arches

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  • 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.

    Mistress For A Weekend

  • 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.

    Mistress for a Weekend

  • The Holiday Lodge, Christchurch, is a fancy sounding name for what are a collection of ageing, roughcast motel units in

    The Fall in New Zealand

  • On the roughcast wall only a few letters of the name Kaplan et Zanin were still legible.

    Maigret and the Man on the Bench

  • 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.

    Selected Polish Tales

  • Down roughcast, down dazzling whitewash, 'wherever an elm arches,

    That Nature is a Heraclitean Fire and of the comfort of the Resurrection

  • 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.

    Project Gutenberg Complete Works of Winston Churchill

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