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Dictionary Definition

cast adj : (of molten metal or glass) formed by pouring or pressing into a mold

Noun

1 the actors in a play [syn: cast of characters, dramatis personae]
2 container into which liquid is poured to create a given shape when it hardens [syn: mold, mould]
3 the distinctive form in which a thing is made; "pottery of this cast was found throughout the region" [syn: mold, stamp]
4 the visual appearance of something or someone; "the delicate cast of his features" [syn: form, shape]
5 bandage consisting of a firm covering (often made of plaster of Paris) that immobilizes broken bones while they heal [syn: plaster cast, plaster bandage]
6 object formed by a mold [syn: casting]
7 the act of throwing dice [syn: roll]
8 the act of throwing a fishing line out over the water by means of a rod and reel [syn: casting]
9 a violent throw [syn: hurl]

Verb

1 put or send forth; "She threw the flashlight beam into the corner"; "The setting sun threw long shadows"; "cast a spell"; "cast a warm light" [syn: project, contrive, throw]
2 deposit; "cast a vote"; "cast a ballot"
3 select to play,sing, or dance a part in a play, movie, musical, opera, or ballet; "He cast a young woman in the role of Desdemona"
4 throw forcefully [syn: hurl, hurtle]
5 assign the roles of (a movie or a play) to actors; "Who cast this beautiful movie?"
6 move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment; "The gypsies roamed the woods"; "roving vagabonds"; "the wandering Jew"; "The cattle roam across the prairie"; "the laborers drift from one town to the next"; "They rolled from town to town" [syn: roll, wander, swan, stray, tramp, roam, ramble, rove, range, drift, vagabond]
7 form by pouring (e.g., wax or hot metal) into a cast or mold; "cast a bronze sculpture" [syn: mold, mould]
8 get rid of; "he shed his image as a pushy boss"; "shed your clothes" [syn: shed, cast off, shake off, throw, throw off, throw away, drop]
9 choose at random; "draw a card"; "cast lots" [syn: draw]
10 formulate in a particular style or language; "I wouldn't put it that way"; "She cast her request in very polite language" [syn: frame, redact, put, couch]
11 eject the contents of the stomach through the mouth; "After drinking too much, the students vomited"; "He purged continuously"; "The patient regurgitated the food we gave him last night" [syn: vomit, vomit up, purge, sick, cat, be sick, disgorge, regorge, retch, puke, barf, spew, spue, chuck, upchuck, honk, regurgitate, throw up] [ant: keep down]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

  • a UK: , /kɑːst/, /kA:st/
  • a US: , /kæst/, /k} To twist or warp.

Extensive Definition

For acronym usages see CAST.
Cast may refer to:
  • Casting, a process by which a material is introduced into a mould while liquid, and allowed to solidify into a specific shape
  • Caste, social division in society
  • Casting (performing arts), a pre-production process for selecting a cast of actors and other talent
    • Cast member, (c.1631) a group of performers in a play, movie, or performing arts.
  • Orthopedic cast, a protective shell to hold a broken bone in place until it has healed
  • In archaeology, a cavity formed by the decomposition of wood furnishings or human or animal remains, previously covered due to volcanic ash fall
In popular culture:
In music:
Other

See also

cast in French: Cast
cast in Italian: Cast
cast in Dutch: Cast
cast in Japanese: キャスト
cast in Simple English: Cast

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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