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

  • adj. Directed or thrown upward: upcast volcanic ash.
  • n. Something cast upward.
  • n. A ventilating shaft, as in a mine.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Cast up; thrown upward; as, with upcast eyes. - Joseph Addison.
  • n. A cast; a throw. - Shakespeare
  • n. The ventilating shaft of a mine out of which the air passes after having circulated through the mine.
  • n. An upset, as from a carriage.
  • n. A taunt; a reproach. - Sir W. Scott
  • n. A cast from subtype to supertype.
  • n. A message transmitted via upcasting
  • v. To cast or throw up; to turn upward.
  • v. To taunt; to reproach; to upbraid.
  • v. To cast from subtype to supertype.
  • v. To broadcast a message or data to aircraft or satellites, especially via radio waves; as opposed to uplinking to a specific satellite or aircraft

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Cast up; thrown upward.
  • n. A cast; a throw.
  • n. The ventilating shaft of a mine out of which the air passes after having circulated through the mine; -- distinguished from the downcast. Called also upcast pit, and upcast shaft.
  • n. An upset, as from a carriage.
  • n. A taunt; a reproach.
  • transitive v. To cast or throw up; to turn upward.
  • transitive v. To taunt; to reproach; to upbraid.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To cast or throw up.
  • Cast up: a term used in bowling.
  • Thrown or turned upward; directed up: as, upcast eyes.
  • n. The act of casting or hurling upward, or the state of being cast upward; also, that which is cast upward; an upthrow.
  • n. In bowling, a cast; a throw.
  • n. In mining, the shaft or passage of any kind through which the air is taken out of a mine; the out-take: the opposite of downcast (which see) and downtake.
  • n. An upward current of air passing through a shaft or the like.
  • n. The state of being overturned; an upset.
  • n. A taunt; a reproach.

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

  • n. air passage consisting of a ventilation shaft through which air leaves a mine


From Middle English upcasten, equivalent to up- +‎ cast. (Wiktionary)


  • Poirot walked unheeded along his grove by saddened angels, crosses, broken pillars, family vaults, stone hopes praying with upcast eyes, old Belgium's hearts and hands.

    [thought for the day] monday evening

  • Working from the text and his imagination, the self-taught and self-destructive Williams contributed 159 drawings, from cartoonish thumbnails to the introductory full-page rendering of Tom that presented him in an almost pre-Raphaelite aura: wreathed in curls, with full lips and unfocused upcast eyes.

    Mark Twain

  • Objects accepted are predefined and you don't need to upcast and downcast.

    Archive 2004-07-01

  • The upcast reflection of a lamp and shade, an inconstant series of concentric circles of varying gradations of light and shadow.


  • In various enchanted attitudes like the standing, or stepping, or running skeletons in Herculaneum, others remained rooted to the deck; but all their eyes upcast.

    Moby Dick; or the Whale

  • In the faint upcast light of the courtyard lamps, he saw her in parts - a cheek's curve, her lips sharp as a carving.

    Gorky Park

  • Her eyes, velvet-black in the shadow upcast by the lamp, opened slowly.

    O. Henry Memorial Award Prize Stories of 1921

  • Nowhere have these drains been carried through the houses, but they are taken directly into drains at the back, having specially ventilated manholes and being brought through at the ends of terraces into the road sewers; the ventilating openings in the roads have been converted into inlet ventilators by placing upcast shafts at short intervals, discharging above the houses.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 415, December 15, 1883

  • With her eyes upcast to heaven, down she sank upon the ground,

    Poems Teachers Ask For, Book Two

  • Here is the _contadina_, who is always praying at a shrine with upcast eyes, or lifting to the Virgin the little child, among whose dark curls, now lying tangled in her lap, she is on a vigorous hunt for the animal whose name denotes love.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 04, No. 22, August, 1859


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