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Definition of Cast


  1. of Cast
  2. To send or drive by force; to throw; to fling; to hurl; to impel.
  3. To direct or turn, as the eyes.
  4. To drop; to deposit; as, to cast a ballot.
  5. To throw down, as in wrestling.
  6. To throw up, as a mound, or rampart.
  7. To throw off; to eject; to shed; to lose.
  8. To bring forth prematurely; to slink.
  9. To throw out or emit; to exhale.
  10. To cause to fall; to shed; to reflect; to throw; as, to cast a ray upon a screen; to cast light upon a subject.
  11. To impose; to bestow; to rest.
  12. To dismiss; to discard; to cashier.
  13. To compute; to reckon; to calculate; as, to cast a horoscope.
  14. To contrive; to plan.
  15. To defeat in a lawsuit; to decide against; to convict; as, to be cast in damages.
  16. To turn (the balance or scale); to overbalance; hence, to make preponderate; to decide; as, a casting voice.
  17. To form into a particular shape, by pouring liquid metal or other material into a mold; to fashion; to found; as, to cast bells, stoves, bullets.
  18. To stereotype or electrotype.
  19. To fix, distribute, or allot, as the parts of a play among actors; also to assign (an actor) for a part.
  20. To throw, as a line in angling, esp, with a fly hook.
  21. To turn the head of a vessel around from the wind in getting under weigh.
  22. To consider; to turn or revolve in the mind; to plan; as, to cast about for reasons.
  23. To calculate; to compute.
  24. To receive form or shape in a mold.
  25. To warp; to become twisted out of shape.
  26. To vomit.
  27. 3d pres. of Cast, for Casteth.
  28. The act of casting or throwing; a throw.
  29. The thing thrown.
  30. The distance to which a thing is or can be thrown.
  31. A throw of dice; hence, a chance or venture.
  32. That which is throw out or off, shed, or ejected; as, the skin of an insect, the refuse from a hawk's stomach, the excrement of a earthworm.
  33. The act of casting in a mold.
  34. An impression or mold, taken from a thing or person; amold; a pattern.
  35. That which is formed in a mild; esp. a reproduction or copy, as of a work of art, in bronze or plaster, etc.; a casting.
  36. Form; appearence; mien; air; style; as, a peculiar cast of countenance.
  37. A tendency to any color; a tinge; a shade.
  38. A chance, opportunity, privilege, or advantage; specifically, an opportunity of riding; a lift.
  39. The assignment of parts in a play to the actors.
  40. A flight or a couple or set of hawks let go at one time from the hand.
  41. A stoke, touch, or trick.
  42. A motion or turn, as of the eye; direction; look; glance; squint.
  43. A tube or funnel for conveying metal into a mold.
  44. Four; that is, as many as are thrown into a vessel at once in counting herrings, etc; a warp.
  45. Contrivance; plot, design.

Cast Quotations

For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.
Nelson Mandela

The people who cast the votes don't decide an election, the people who count the votes do.
Joseph Stalin

I was never a pretty girl, so I wasn't the one to get the boy. I used to cast myself as a good sport. Sometimes I wonder if I do that too much with roles I play, because if I'm absolutely truthful, I quite like being the best friend, or the supporting role, and actually I ought to gear-change and make myself the leading role.
Celia Imrie

Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

The die is cast.
Julius Caesar
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Cast Translations

cast in Dutch is afgietsel, gegoten voorwerp
cast in French is acteurs
cast in Latin is contendo, iacio
cast in Portuguese is molde
cast in Spanish is lanzamiento
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