from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Something viewed from above through another medium, as of clouds viewed from an airplane.
  • v. To allocate the parts in (a play or film) to insufficiently skilled actors.
  • v. To throw under or beneath.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To cast under or beneath.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In coal-mining, an air-course carried under a mine-road or -way by means of an air-tight box, or a passage cut through the rock or coal beneath the floor.


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  • Beneath them was thick undercast, a carpet of clouds opaque to their eyes but transparent to electronic surveillance systems.

    The Last Ace

  • Too bad about the Nanetta and Fenton; such lovely parts, usually a bit undercast.

    Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now

  • Eradicate No. 3 targeted the Mitsubishi factory at Nagoya, and only twenty-eight of seventy-three planes attacked the primary from above a nearly solid undercast.


  • Ignoring inaccurate flak between 10,000 and 12,000 feet, the wing bombed by radar through a heavy undercast.


  • In my daughter's high school production of _Twelfth Night_ (in which she totally kicked ass as Olivia), one of the best actors in the school was undercast as "Valentina" (Orsino's previous head lackey, "Valentine" in the original).

    Tell me again why I left the theatre

  • David Gockley above is to be congratulated for putting on a warhorse with such care, unlike in years past when repertory staples were often undercast in San Francisco because the powers that be figured it didn't matter.

    A Night at The Opera

  • The strengths of Ms. Peterson's production help to offset the fact that it is somewhat undercast.

    Into the Woods Once Again

  • For once, they didn't undercast Pinkerton and Sharpless - I mean, I cannot remember the names of the last few Pinkertons, let alone how they sang.

    Theatrical Alchemy

  • He was an elderly black man, which in his case meant he had skin the color of a stale Hershey bar — dark brown, with a chalky undercast.

    Butchers Hill

  • When the gunner saw that the aircraft was descending into the low undercast, he knew he had to leave then or lose his chance.

    Gough, James W.


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