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Main Entry: 1cast
Pronunciation: 'kast
Function: verb
Inflected Form(s): cast; cast·ing
Etymology: Middle English, from Old Norse kasta; akin to Old Norse kos heap
Date: 13th century
transitive verb
1 a : to cause to move or send forth by throwing <cast a fishing lure> <cast dice> b : DIRECT <cast a glance> c (1) : to put forth <the fire casts a warm glow> <cast light on the subject> (2) : to place as if by throwing <cast doubt on their reliability> d : to deposit (a ballot) formally e (1) : to throw off or away <the horse cast a shoe> (2) : to get rid of : DISCARD <cast off all restraint> (3) : SHED, MOLT (4) : to bring forth; especially : to give birth to prematurely f : to throw to the ground especially in wrestling g : to build by throwing up earth
2 a (1) : to perform arithmetical operations on : ADD (2) : to calculate by means of astrology b archaic : DECIDE, INTEND
3 a : to dispose or arrange into parts or into a suitable form or order b (1) : to assign the parts of (a dramatic production) to actors <cast a movie> (2) : to assign (as an actor) to a role or part <was cast in the leading role>
4 a : to give a shape to (a substance) by pouring in liquid or plastic form into a mold and letting harden without pressure <cast steel> b : to form by this process
5 : TURN <cast the scale slightly>
6 : to make (a knot or stitch) by looping or catching up
7 : TWIST, WARP <a beam cast by age>
intransitive verb
1 : to throw something; specifically : to throw out a lure with a fishing rod
2 dialect British : VOMIT
3 dialect England : to bear fruit : YIELD
4 a : to perform addition b obsolete : ESTIMATE, CONJECTURE
5 : WARP
6 : to range over land in search of a trail -- used of hunting dogs or trackers
7 : VEER
synonym see DISCARD, THROW
- cast·abil·i·ty /"kas-t&-'bi-l&-tE/ noun
- cast·able /'kas-t&-b&l/ adjective
- cast lots : to draw lots to determine a matter by chance