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Cast

Cast

(kȧst)
,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Cast
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Casting
.]
[Cf. Dan.
kaste
, Icel. & Sw.
kasta
; perh. akin to L.
gerere
to bear, carry. E.
jest
.]
1.
To send or drive by force; to throw; to fling; to hurl; to impel.
Uzziah prepared . . . slings to
cast
stones.
2 Chron. xxvi. 14.
Cast
thy garment about thee, and follow me.
Acts. xii. 8.
We must be
cast
upon a certain island.
Acts. xxvii. 26.
2.
To direct or turn, as the eyes.
How earnestly he
cast
his eyes upon me!
Shakespeare
3.
To drop; to deposit;
as, to
cast
a ballot
.
4.
To throw down, as in wrestling.
Shak.
5.
To throw up, as a mound, or rampart.
Thine enemies shall
cast
a trench [bank] about thee.
Luke xix. 48.
6.
To throw off; to eject; to shed; to lose.
His filth within being
cast
.
Shakespeare
Neither shall your vine
cast
her fruit.
Mal. iii. 11
The creatures that
cast
the skin are the snake, the viper, etc.
Bacon.
7.
To bring forth prematurely; to slink.
Thy she-goats have not
cast
their young.
Gen. xxi. 38.
8.
To throw out or emit; to exhale.
[Obs.]
This . . .
casts
a sulphureous smell.
Woodward.
9.
To cause to fall; to shed; to reflect; to throw;
as, to
cast
a ray upon a screen; to
cast
light upon a subject
.
10.
To impose; to bestow; to rest.
The government I
cast
upon my brother.
Shakespeare
Cast
thy burden upon the Lord.
Ps. iv. 22.
11.
To dismiss; to discard; to cashier.
[Obs.]
The state can not with safety
cast
him.
12.
To compute; to reckon; to calculate;
as, to
cast
a horoscope
.
“Let it be cast and paid.”
Shak.
You
cast
the event of war, my noble lord.
Shakespeare
13.
To contrive; to plan.
[Archaic]
The cloister . . . had, I doubt not, been
cast
for [an orange-house].
Sir W. Temple.
14.
To defeat in a lawsuit; to decide against; to convict;
as, to be
cast
in damages
.
She was
cast
to be hanged.
Jeffrey.
Were the case referred to any competent judge, they would inevitably be
cast
.
Dr. H. More.
15.
To turn (the balance or scale); to overbalance; hence, to make preponderate; to decide;
as, a
casting
voice
.
How much interest
casts
the balance in cases dubious!
South.
16.
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
.
17.
(Print.)
To stereotype or electrotype.
18.
To fix, distribute, or allot, as the parts of a play among actors; also to assign (an actor) for a part.
Our parts in the other world will be new
cast
.
Addison.
To cast anchor
(Naut.)
See under
Anchor
.
To cast a horoscope
,
to calculate it.
To cast a
horse, sheep
, or other animal
,
to throw with the feet upwards, in such a manner as to prevent its rising again.
To cast a shoe
,
to throw off or lose a shoe, said of a horse or ox.
To cast aside
,
to throw or push aside; to neglect; to reject as useless or inconvenient.
To cast away
.
(a)
To throw away; to lavish; to waste.
Cast away a life”
Addison.
(b)
To reject; to let perish.
Cast away his people.”
Rom. xi. 1.
Cast one away.”
Shak.
(c)
To wreck.
Cast away and sunk.”
Shak.
To cast by
,
to reject; to dismiss or discard; to throw away.
To cast down
,
to throw down; to destroy; to deject or depress, as the mind.
“Why art thou cast down. O my soul?”
Ps. xiii. 5.
To cast forth
,
to throw out, or eject, as from an inclosed place; to emit; to send out.
To cast in one’s lot with
,
to share the fortunes of.
To cast in one's teeth
,
to upbraid or abuse one for; to twin.
To cast lots
.
See under
Lot
.
To cast off
.
(a)
To discard or reject; to drive away; to put off; to free one's self from.
(b)
(Hunting)
To leave behind, as dogs; also, to set loose, or free, as dogs.
Crabb.
(c)
(Naut.)
To untie, throw off, or let go, as a rope.
To cast off copy
,
(Print.)
,
to estimate how much printed matter a given amount of copy will make, or how large the page must be in order that the copy may make a given number of pages.
To cast one's self on
or
To cast one's self upon
to yield or submit one's self unreservedly to, as to the mercy of another.
To cast out
,
to throw out; to eject, as from a house; to cast forth; to expel; to utter.
To cast the lead
(Naut.)
,
to sound by dropping the lead to the bottom.
To cast the water
(Med.)
,
to examine the urine for signs of disease.
[Obs.]
. –
To cast up
.
(a)
To throw up; to raise.
(b)
To compute; to reckon, as the cost.
(c)
To vomit.
(d)
To twit with; to throw in one's teeth.

Cast

(kȧst)
,
Verb.
I.
1.
To throw, as a line in angling, esp, with a fly hook.
2.
(Naut.)
To turn the head of a vessel around from the wind in getting under weigh.
Weigh anchor,
cast
to starboard.
Totten.
3.
To consider; to turn or revolve in the mind; to plan;
as, to
cast
about for reasons
.
She . . .
cast
in her mind what manner of salution this should be.
Luke. i. 29.
4.
To calculate; to compute.
[R.]
Who would
cast
and balance at a desk.
Tennyson.
5.
To receive form or shape in a mold.
It will not run thin, so as to
cast
and mold.
Woodward.
6.
To warp; to become twisted out of shape.
Stuff is said to
cast
or warp when . . . it alters its flatness or straightness.
Moxon.
7.
To vomit.
These verses . . . make me ready to
cast
.
B. Jonson.

Cast

,
3d p
ers.
p
res.
of
Cast
, for Casteth.
[Obs.]
Chaucer.

Cast

,
Noun.
[Cf. Icel., Dan., & Sw.
kast
.]
1.
The act of casting or throwing; a throw.
2.
The thing thrown.
A
cast
of dreadful dust.
Dryden.
3.
The distance to which a thing is or can be thrown.
“About a stone's cast.”
Luke xxii. 41.
4.
A throw of dice; hence, a chance or venture.
An even
cast
whether the army should march this way or that way.
Sowth.
I have set my life upon a
cast
,
And I will stand the hazard of the die.
Shakespeare
5.
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
.
6.
The act of casting in a mold.
And why such daily
cast
of brazen cannon.
Shakespeare
7.
An impression or mold, taken from a thing or person; amold; a pattern.
8.
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.
9.
Form; appearence; mien; air; style;
as, a peculiar
cast
of countenance
.
“A neat cast of verse.”
Pope.
An heroic poem, but in another
cast
and figure.
Prior.
And thus the native hue of resolution
Is sicklied o'er with the pale
cast
of thought.
Shakespeare
10.
A tendency to any color; a tinge; a shade.
Gray with a
cast
of green.
Woodward.
11.
A chance, opportunity, privilege, or advantage; specifically, an opportunity of riding; a lift.
[Scotch]
We bargained with the driver to give us a
cast
to the next stage.
Smollett.
If we had the
cast
o' a cart to bring it.
Sir W. Scott.
12.
The assignment of parts in a play to the actors.
13.
(Falconary)
A flight or a couple or set of hawks let go at one time from the hand.
Grabb.
As when a
cast
of falcons make their flight.
Spenser.
14.
A stoke, touch, or trick.
[Obs.]
This was a
cast
of Wood's politics; for his information was wholly false.
Swift.
15.
A motion or turn, as of the eye; direction; look; glance; squint.
The
cast
of the eye is a gesture of aversion.
Bacon.
And let you see with one
cast
of an eye.
Addison.
This freakish, elvish
cast
came into the child's eye.
Hawthorne.
16.
A tube or funnel for conveying metal into a mold.
17.
Four; that is, as many as are thrown into a vessel at once in counting herrings, etc; a warp.
18.
Contrivance; plot, design.
[Obs.]
Chaucer.
A cast of the eye
,
a slight squint or strabismus.
Renal cast
(Med.)
,
microscopic bodies found in the urine of persons affected with disease of the kidneys; – so called because they are formed of matter deposited in, and preserving the outline of, the renal tubes.
The last cast
,
the last throw of the dice or last effort, on which every thing is ventured; the last chance.

Webster 1828 Edition


Cast

CAST

,
Verb.
T.
pret. And pp. cast.
1.
To throw, fling or send; that is, to drive from, by force, as from the hand, or from an engine.
Hagar cast the child under a shrub. Gen. 21.
Uzziah prepared slings to cast stones. 2 Ch. 26.
2.
To sow; to scatter seed.
If a man should cast seen into the ground. Mark 4.
3.
To drive or impel by violence.
A mighty west wind cast the locusts into the sea. Ex. 10.
4.
To shed or throw off; as, trees cast their fruit; a serpent casts his skin.
5.
To throw or let fall; as, to cast anchor. Hence, to east anchor is to moor, as a ship, the effect of casting the anchor.
6.
To throw, as dice or lots; as, to cast lots.
7.
To throw on the ground, as in wrestling.
8.
To throw away, as worthless.
His carcase was cast in the way. 1 Kings 13.
9.
To emit or throw out.
This casts a sulphurous smell.
10.
To throw, to extend, as a trench or rampart, including the sense of digging, raising, or forming.
Thy enemies shall cast a trench about thee. Luke 19.
11.
To thrust; as, to cast into prison.
12.
To put, or set, in a particular state.
Both chariot and horse were cast into a dead sleep. Ps. 76.
13.
To condemn; to convict; as a criminal.
Both tried and both were cast.
14.
To overcome in a civil suit, or in any contest of strength or skill; as, to cast the defendant or an antagonist.
15.
To cashier or discard.
16.
To lay aside, as unfit for use; to reject; as a garment.
17.
To make to preponderate; to throw into one scale, for the purpose of giving it superior weight; to decide by a vote that gives a superiority in numbers; as, to cast the balance in ones favor; a casting vote or voice.
18.
To throw together several particulars, to find the sum; as, to cast accounts. Hence, to throw together circumstances and facts, to find the result; to compute; to reckon; to calculate; as, to cast the event of war.
To cast and see how many things there are which a man cannot do himself.
19.
To contrive; to plan.
20.
To judge, or to consider, in order to judge.
21.
To fix, or distribute the parts of a play among the actors.
22.
To throw, as the sight; to direct, or turn, as the eye; to glance; as, to cast a look, or glance, or the eye.
23.
To found; to form into a particular shape, by pouring liquid metal into a mold; to run; as, to cast cannon.
Thou shalt cast four rings of gold for it. Ex. 25.
24.
Figuratively, to shape; to form by a model.
25.
To communicate; to spread over; as, to cast a luster upon posterity; to cast splendor upon actions, or light upon a subject.
To cast aside, to dismiss or reject as useless or inconvenient.
To cast away, to reject. Lev. 26. Is. 5. Rom. 11. Also, to throw away; to lavish or waste by profusion; to turn to no use; as, to cast away life.
Also, to wreck, as a ship.
To cast by, to reject; to dismiss or discard with neglect or hate, or as useless.
To cast down, to throw down; to deject or depress the mind.
Why art thou cast down, O my soul. Ps. 42.
To cast forth, to throw out, or eject, as from an inclosed place; to emit, or send abroad; to exhale.
To cast off, to discard or reject; to drive away; to put off; to put away; to disburden. Among huntsmen, to leave behind, as dogs; to set loose, or free. Among seamen, to loose, or untie.
To cast out, to send forth; to reject or turn out; to throw out, as words; to speak or give vent to.
To cast up, to compute; to reckon; to calculate; as, to cast up accounts, or the cost. Also, to eject; to vomit.
To cast on, to refer or resign to.
To cast ones self on, to resign or yield ones self to the disposal of, without reserve.
To cast young, to miscarry; to suffer abortion. Gen. 32.
To cast in the teeth, to upbraid; to charge; to twit. So in Danish, kaster in I noesen, to cast in the nose.

CAST

, v.i.
1.
To throw forward, as the thoughts, with a view to some determination; or to turn or revolve in the mind; to contrive; sometimes followed by about.
I cast in careful mind to seek her out. Spenser.
To cast about how to perform or obtain. Bacon.
2.
To receive form or shape.
Metal will cast and mold.
3.
To warp; to twist from regular shape.
Stuff is said to cast or warp, when it alters its flatness or straightness.
Note. Cast, like throw and warp, implies a winding motion.
4.
In seamens language, to fall off, or incline, so as to bring the side of a ship to the wind; applied particularly to a ship riding with her head to the wind, when her anchor is first loosened.

CAST

, n.
1.
The act of casting; a throw; the thing thrown; the form or state of throwing; kind or manner of throwing.
2.
The distance passed by a thing thrown; or the space through which a thing thrown may ordinarily pass; as, about a stones cast. Luke 22.
3.
A stroke; a touch.
This was a cast of Woods politics.
4.
Motion or turn of the eye; direction, look or glance; a squinting.
Thy let you see by one cast of the eye.
5.
A throw of dice; hence, a state of chance or hazard.
It is an even cast, whether the army should march this way or that way.
Hence the phrase, the last cast, is used to denote that all is ventured on one throw, or one effort.
6.
Form; shape.
A heroic poem in another cast.
7.
A tinge; a slight coloring, or slight degree of a color; as a cast of green. Hence, a slight alteration in external appearance.
The native hue of resolution is sicklied oer with the pale cast of thought. Shak.
8.
Manner; air; mien; as, a peculiar cast of countenance. This sense implies, the turn or manner of throwing; as, the neat cast f verse.
9.
A flight; a number of hawks let go at once.
10.
A small statue of bronze.
11.
Among founders, a tube of wax, fitted into a mold, to give shape to metal.
12.
A cylindrical piece of brass or copper, slit in two lengthwise, to form a canal or conduit, in a mold, for conveying metal.
13.
Among plumbers, a little brazen funnel, at one end of a mold, for casting pipes without sodering, by means of which the melted metal is poured into the mold.
14.
A breed, race, lineage, kind, sort.
15.
In Hindoostan, a tribe or class of the same rank or profession; as the cast of Bramins, or priests; of rajahs, or princes; of choutres, or artificers; and of parias, or poor people. Or according to some writers, of Bramins; of cuttery, or soldiers; of shuddery, or merchants; and of wyse, or mechanics.
The four casts of the Hindoos are the Brahmins or sacred order; the Chechteres or soldiers and rulers; the Bice, Vaissya, or husbandmen and merchants; and the Sooders, Sudras, or laborers and mechanics.
16.
A trick.

Definition 2022


cast

cast

See also: čast, část, časť, çast, and cast.

English

Verb

cast (third-person singular simple present casts, present participle casting, simple past and past participle cast)

  1. (heading, physical) To move, or be moved, away.
    1. (now somewhat literary) To throw. [from 13thc.]
      • c. 1430 (reprinted 1888), Thomas Austin, ed., Two Fifteenth-century Cookery-books. Harleian ms. 279 (ab. 1430), & Harl. ms. 4016 (ab. 1450), with Extracts from Ashmole ms. 1429, Laud ms. 553, & Douce ms. 55 [Early English Text Society, Original Series; 91], London: N. Trübner & Co. for the Early English Text Society, volume I, OCLC 374760, page 11:
        Soupes dorye. — Take gode almaunde mylke [] caste þher-to Safroun an Salt []
      • 1623, William Shakespeare, The Two Gentlemen of Verona:
        Why then a Ladder quaintly made of Cords / To cast vp, with a paire of anchoring hookes, / Would serue to scale another Hero's towre [].
      • 1760, Laurence Sterne, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, p.262:
        The more, an' please your honour, the pity, said the Corporal; in uttering which, he cast his spade into the wheelbarrow [].
    2. To throw forward (a fishing line, net etc.) into the sea. [from 14thc.]
      • 1526, Bible, tr. William Tyndale, Matthew 4:
        As Jesus walked by the see off Galile, he sawe two brethren: Simon which was called Peter, and Andrew his brother, castynge a neet into the see (for they were fisshers) [].
    3. Specifically, to throw down or aside. [from 15thc.]
      • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, II.xii:
        So she to Guyon offred it to tast; / Who taking it out of her tender hond, / The cup to ground did violently cast, / That all in peeces it was broken fond [].
      • 1611, Bible, Authorized Version, Matthew VI.30:
        it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into ****.
      • 1930, "Sidar the Madman", Time, 19 Dec.:
        Near Puerto Limon, Costa Rica, Madman, co-pilot and plane were caught in a storm, cast into the Caribbean, drowned.
      • 2009, Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall, Fourth Estate, 2010, p.316:
        Her bow is not to her liking. In a temper, she casts it on the grass.
    4. (of an animal) To throw off (the skin) as a process of growth; to shed the hair or fur of the coat. [from 15thc.]
    5. (obsolete except in set phrases) To remove, take off (clothes). [from 14thc.]
      • 1822, "Life of Donald McBane", Blackwood's Magazine, vol.12, p.745:
        when the serjeant saw me, he cast his coat and put it on me, and they carried me on their shoulders to a village where the wounded were and our surgeons [].
      • 2002, Jess Cartner-Morley, "How to Wear Clothes", The Guardian, 2 March:
        You know the saying, "Ne'er cast a clout till May is out"? Well, personally, I'm bored of my winter clothes by March.
    6. (nautical) To heave the lead and line in order to ascertain the depth of water.
    7. (obsolete) To vomit.
      • (Can we date this quote?) Ben Jonson
        These verses [] make me ready to cast.
    8. (archaic) To throw up, as a mound, or rampart.
      • Bible, Luke xix.48
        Thine enemies shall cast a trench [bank] about thee.
    9. (archaic) To throw out or emit; to exhale.
      • (Can we date this quote?) John Woodward
        This [] casts a sulphureous smell.
  2. To direct (one's eyes, gaze etc.). [from 13thc.]
    • 1595, William Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part 3:
      To whom do Lyons cast their gentle Lookes? Not to the Beast, that would vsurpe their Den.
    • 1813, Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, I.11:
      She then yawned again, threw aside her book, and cast her eyes round the room in quest of some amusement [].
    • 1959, Georgette Heyer, chapter 1, in The Unknown Ajax:
      But Richmond, his grandfather's darling, after one thoughtful glance cast under his lashes at that uncompromising countenance appeared to lose himself in his own reflections.
  3. To add up (a column of figures, accounts etc.); cross-cast refers to adding up a row of figures. [from 14thc.]
  4. (heading, social) To predict, to decide, to plan.
    1. (astrology) To calculate the astrological value of (a horoscope, birth etc.). [from 14thc.]
      • 1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, vol.1, New York Review of Books, 2001, p.309:
        he is [] a perfect astrologer, that can cast the rise and fall of others, and mark their errant motions to his own use.
      • 1971, Keith Thomas, Religion and the Decline of Magic, Folio Society, 2012, p.332:
        John Gadbury confessed that Mrs Cellier, ‘the Popish Midwife’, had asked him to cast the King's nativity, although the astrology claimed to have refused to do so.
      • 1985, Lawrence Durrell, Quinx, Faber & Faber 2004 (Avignon Quintet), p.1197:
        He did the washing up and stayed behind to watch the dinner cook while she hopped off with a friend to have her horoscope cast by another friend.
    2. (obsolete) To plan, intend. [14th-19thc.]
      • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte d’Arthur, Book VII.2:
        "Fayre damesell, I thanke you hartely," seyde Sir Launcelot, "but truly," seyde he, "I caste me never to be wedded man."
      • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, II.i:
        I wrapt my selfe in Palmers weed, / And cast to seeke him forth through daunger and great dreed.
      • (Can we date this quote?) William Temple
        The cloister [] had, I doubt not, been cast for [an orange-house].
    3. (transitive) To assign (a role in a play or performance). [from 18thc.]
      The director cast the part carefully.
    4. (transitive) To assign a role in a play or performance to (an actor).
      The director cast John Smith as King Lear.
    5. To consider; to turn or revolve in the mind; to plan.
      to cast about for reasons
      • Bible, Luke i.29
        She [] cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.
    6. (archaic) To impose; to bestow; to rest.
    7. (archaic) To defeat in a lawsuit; to decide against; to convict.
      to be cast in damages
      • (Can we date this quote?) Francis Jeffrey
        She was cast to be hanged.
      • (Can we date this quote?) Dr. Henry More
        Were the case referred to any competent judge, they would inevitably be cast.
    8. To turn (the balance or scale); to overbalance; hence, to make preponderate; to decide.
      a casting voice
      • (Can we date this quote?) Robert South
        How much interest casts the balance in cases dubious!
  5. To perform, bring forth (a magical spell or enchantment).
  6. To throw (light etc.) on or upon something, or in a given direction.
    • 1950, "A Global View", Time, 24 April:
      The threat of Russian barbarism sweeping over the free world will cast its ominous shadow over us for many, many years.
    • 1960, Lawrence Durrell, Clea:
      A sudden thought cast a gloom over his countenance.
  7. (archaic) To give birth to (a child) prematurely; to miscarry. [from 15thc.]
  8. To shape (molten metal etc.) by pouring into a mould; to make (an object) in such a way. [from 15thc.]
    • 1923, "Rodin's Death", Time, 24 March:
      One copy of the magnificent caveman, The Thinker, of which Rodin cast several examples in bronze, is seated now in front of the Detroit Museum of Art, where it was placed last autumn.
    1. (printing, dated) To stereotype or electrotype.
  9. To twist or warp (of fabric, timber etc.). [from 16thc.]
    • (Can we date this quote?) Joseph Moxon
      Stuff is said to cast or warp when [] it alters its flatness or straightness.
  10. (nautical) To bring the bows of a sailing ship on to the required tack just as the anchor is weighed by use of the headsail; to bring (a ship) round. [from 18thc.]
  11. To deposit (a ballot or voting paper); to formally register (one's vote). [from 19thc.]
  12. (computing) To change a variable type from, for example, integer to real, or integer to text. [from 20thc.]
    Casting is generally an indication of bad design.
  13. (hunting) Of dogs, hunters: to spread out and search for a scent. [from 18thc.]
    • 1955, William Golding, The Inheritors, Faber and Faber, 2005, p.50:
      He clambered on to an apron of rock that held its area out to the sun and began to cast across it. The direction of the wind changed and the scent touched him again.
  14. (medicine) To set (a bone etc.) in a cast.

(Can we add an example for this sense?)

  1. (Wicca) To open a circle in order to begin a spell or meeting of witches.

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Translations

Noun

cast (plural casts)

  1. An act of throwing.
  2. Something which has been thrown, dispersed etc.
    • Dryden
      a cast of dreadful dust
  3. A small mass of earth "thrown off" or excreted by a worm.
    The area near the stream was covered with little bubbly worm casts.
  4. The collective group of actors performing a play or production together. Contrasted with crew.
    He’s in the cast of Oliver.
    The cast was praised for a fine performance.
  5. The casting procedure.
    The men got into position for the cast, two at the ladle, two with long rods, all with heavy clothing.
  6. An object made in a mould.
    The cast would need a great deal of machining to become a recognizable finished part.
  7. A supportive and immobilising device used to help mend broken bones.
    The doctor put a cast on the boy’s broken arm.
  8. The mould used to make cast objects.
    A plaster cast was made from his face.
  9. (hawking) The number of hawks (or occasionally other birds) cast off at one time; a pair.
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, VI.7:
      As when a cast of Faulcons make their flight / An an Herneshaw, that lyes aloft on wing […].
  10. A squint.
    • 1847, John Churchill, A manual of the principles and practice of ophthalmic medicine and surgery, p. 389, paragraph 1968:
      The image of the affected eye is clearer and in consequence the diplopy more striking the less the cast of the eye; hence the double vision will be noticed by the patient before the misdirection of the eye attracts the attention of those about him.
    • 2011, Thomas Penn, Winter King, Penguin 2012, p. 7:
      Arriving in Brittany, the Woodville exiles found a sallow young man, with dark hair curled in the shoulder-length fashion of the time and a penchant for expensively dyed black clothes, whose steady gaze was made more disconcerting by a cast in his left eye – such that while one eye looked at you, the other searched for you.
  11. Visual appearance.
    Her features had a delicate cast to them.
    • 2004, Betsy Brill, Photojournalism: The Professional's Approach, page 240:
      Using a tungsten-balanced film outdoors results in a blue cast to the photo.
    • 2007, Lindsay Armstrong, The Australian's Housekeeper Bride, page 78:
      He stared down at his champagne glass with narrowed eyes and a hard cast to his mouth.
  12. The form of one's thoughts, mind etc.
    • 1992, Hilary Mantel, A Place of Greater Safety, Harper Perennial 2007, p. 330:
      I have read all her articles and come to admire both her elegant turn of phrase and the noble cast of mind which inspires it; but never, I confess, did I look to see beauty and wit so perfectly united.
  13. An animal, especially a horse, that is unable to rise without assistance.
  14. Animal and insect remains which have been regurgitated by a bird.
  15. A group of crabs.

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Most common English words before 1923: tree · cost · value · #783: cast · speaking · circumstances · sitting

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Catalan

Adjective

cast m (feminine casta, masculine plural casts or castos, feminine plural castes)

  1. chaste

Dutch

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /kɑːst/

Noun

cast m (plural casts, diminutive castje n)

  1. cast (people performing a movie)

Synonyms

Verb

cast

  1. first-, second- and third-person singular present indicative of casten
  2. imperative of casten

Italian

Etymology

Borrowing from English cast

Noun

cast m (invariable)

  1. cast (people performing a movie)

Manx

Adjective

cast

  1. contorted, curly, curved
  2. complex, intricate, many-sided
  3. ticklish

Mutation

Manx mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
cast chast gast
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

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Romanian

Etymology

Borrowing from Latin castus.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /kast/

Adjective

cast m, n (feminine singular castă, masculine plural caști, feminine and neuter plural caste)

  1. chaste, clean, pure

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