[[t]kæst, kɑst[/t]]
v. cast, cast•ing, n.
1) to throw or hurl; fling:
to cast dice; to cast aside the newspaper[/ex]
2) to direct (the eye, a glance, etc.)
3) to cause to fall; put or send forth:
to cast a soft light; to cast a spell; to cast doubts[/ex]
4) to draw (lots), as in telling fortunes
5) spo to throw out (a fishing line, a net, bait, etc.)
6) to shed or drop:
The snake cast its skin[/ex]
7) vet (of an animal) to bring forth (young), esp. abortively
8) to send off (a swarm), as bees do
9) to set aside; reject; dismiss:
She cast the problem from her mind[/ex]
10) to throw up (earth, sod, etc.), as with a shovel
11) to put or place, esp. forcibly:
to cast someone in prison[/ex]
12) to deposit or give (a ballot or vote)
13) to bestow; confer:
to cast blessings[/ex]
14) to form or arrange; plan out:
He cast his remarks to fit the occasion[/ex]
15) sbz
a) to select actors for (a play, motion picture, etc.)
b) to assign a role to (an actor)
16) to form (an object) by pouring metal, plaster, etc., into a mold and letting it harden
17) to form (metal, plaster, etc.) by this process
18) math. to compute, as a column of figures
19) astrol. to calculate (a horoscope)
20) to turn or twist; warp
21) naut. navig. to turn the head of (a ship), esp. away from the wind in getting under way
22) to throw
23) to receive form in a mold
24) math. to calculate or add
25) to conjecture; forecast
26) (of hounds) to search an area for scent
27) to warp, as timber
28) naut. navig. (of a ship) to turn, esp. to get the head away from the wind; tack
29) sbz to select the actors for a play, motion picture, or the like
30) sts Obs.
a) to consider
b) to plan or scheme
31) phv cast about or around
a) to search; seek
b) to devise a plan; scheme
32) phv cast down, to lower; humble
33) phv cast off
a) phv to discard; reject
b) phv to let go or let loose, as a ship from a mooring
c) pri to estimate the space a typeset manuscript will occupy
d) tex to complete a knitted fabric by looping over (the final stitches); bind off
34) tex phv cast on, (in knitting) to set (yarn) on a needle in order to form the initial stitches
35) phv cast out, to force to leave; expel; banish
36) the act of throwing
37) that which is thrown
38) the distance to which a thing may be thrown
39) gam
a) a throw of dice
b) the number rolled
40) spo the act of throwing a fishing line or net onto the water
41) sbz the group of performers in a play, motion picture, etc.; players
42) spo a searching of an area by hounds for a scent
43) a stroke of fortune; lot
44) the form in which something is made or written; arrangement
45) mel
a) the act of founding
b) the quantity of metal cast at one time
46) something made in a mold; casting
47) an impression or mold:
the cast of a fossil[/ex]
48) med a rigid surgical dressing, usu. made of bandage treated with plaster of Paris
49) outward form; appearance:
of a sinister cast[/ex]
50) sort; kind; style:
a hero of the cast of Don Quixote[/ex]
51) tendency; inclination:
minds of a philosophical cast[/ex]
52) a permanent twist or turn:
to have a cast in one's eye[/ex]
53) a warp
54) a slight tinge of some color; hue; shade:
a yellowish cast[/ex]
55) a dash or trace
56) math. a computation; calculation
57) a conjecture or forecast
58) vet something that is shed, ejected, or cast off or out, as molted skin, feathers, food from a bird's crop, or the coil of sand and waste passed by certain earthworms
59) orn
pellet 6)
60) pat effused plastic matter produced in the hollow parts of various diseased organs
Etymology: 1175–1225; ME < ON kasta to throw

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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