A cast is the group of actors who make up a film or stage play. And the act of being chosen for the part? Well, they were cast by the director. That's showbiz for you.

Cast also refers to various types of actions a person can take: if you throw out a fishing line in a particular way, you are said to cast it; if you fancy your chances in Vegas, you cast the dice at the craps table. And if you break a limb and they bandage it up in solid plaster for your friends to write all over? That, too, is a cast.

Definitions of cast
  1. verb
    put or send forth
    cast a spell”
    cast a warm light”
    synonyms: contrive, project, throw
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    send forth suddenly, intensely, swiftly
    type of:
    direct, send
    cause to go somewhere
  2. verb
    throw forcefully
    synonyms: hurl, hurtle
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    crash, dash
    hurl or thrust violently
    hurl or throw violently
    catapult, sling
    hurl as if with a sling
    hurl a cricket ball from one end of the pitch towards the batsman at the other end
    type of:
    propel through the air
  3. verb
    eject the contents of the stomach through the mouth
    synonyms: barf, be sick, chuck, disgorge, regurgitate, throw up, vomit, vomit up
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    keep down
    manage not to throw up
    type of:
    egest, eliminate, excrete, pass
    eliminate from the body
  4. noun
    a violent throw
    synonyms: hurl
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    type of:
    the act of throwing (propelling something with a rapid movement of the arm and wrist)
  5. noun
    the act of throwing a fishing line out over the water by means of a rod and reel
    synonyms: casting
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    bait casting
    the single-handed rod casting of a relatively heavy (artificial) bait
    fly casting
    casting an artificial fly as a lure
    a cast that falls beyond the intended spot
    surf casting, surf fishing
    casting (artificial) bait far out into the ocean (up to 200 yards) with the waves breaking around you
    type of:
    fishing, sportfishing
    the act of someone who fishes as a diversion
  6. noun
    the act of throwing dice
    synonyms: roll
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    (craps) a first roll of 7 or 11 that immediately wins the stake
    type of:
    casting an object in order to determine an outcome randomly
  7. verb
    cast a vote”
    cast a ballot”
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    type of:
    convey or reveal information
  8. verb
    choose at random
    cast lots”
    synonyms: draw
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    type of:
    go, move
    have a turn; make one's move in a game
  9. noun
    the actors in a play
    synonyms: cast of characters, dramatis personae
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    ensemble, supporting players
    a cast other than the principals
    type of:
    assemblage, gathering
    a group of persons together in one place
  10. verb
    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”
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    cast again, in a different role
    cast an actor, singer, or dancer in an unsuitable role
    cast repeatedly in the same kind of role
    type of:
    assign, delegate, depute, designate
    give an assignment to (a person) to a post, or assign a task to (a person)
  11. verb
    assign the roles of (a movie or a play) to actors
    “Who cast this beautiful movie?”
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    type of:
    assign, delegate, depute, designate
    give an assignment to (a person) to a post, or assign a task to (a person)
  12. verb
    form by pouring (e.g., wax or hot metal) into a cast or mold
    cast a bronze sculpture”
    synonyms: mold, mould
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    press, press out
    press from a plastic
    recast, remold, remould
    cast again
    sand cast
    pour molten metal into a mold of sand
    type of:
    forge, form, mold, mould, shape, work
    make something, usually for a specific function
  13. verb
    formulate in a particular style or language
    “She cast her request in very polite language”
    synonyms: couch, frame, put, redact
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    type of:
    articulate, formulate, give voice, phrase, word
    put into words or an expression
  14. noun
    container into which liquid is poured to create a given shape when it hardens
    synonyms: mold, mould
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    a mold for setting concrete
    mold used in the production of phonograph records, type, or other relief surface
    pig, pig bed
    mold consisting of a bed of sand in which pig iron is cast
    mold consisting of a box with sand shaped to mold metal
    type of:
    any object that can be used to hold things (especially a large metal boxlike object of standardized dimensions that can be loaded from one form of transport to another)
  15. noun
    the distinctive form in which a thing is made
    “pottery of this cast was found throughout the region”
    synonyms: mold, mould, stamp
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    type of:
    a three-dimensional shape
  16. noun
    object formed by a mold
    synonyms: casting
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    death mask
    a cast taken from the face of a dead person
    block, cylinder block, engine block
    a metal casting containing the cylinders and cooling ducts of an engine
    life mask
    a cast taken from the face of a living person
    type of:
    a thing made to be similar or identical to another thing
  17. noun
    the visual appearance of something or someone
    “the delicate cast of his features”
    synonyms: form, shape
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    type of:
    appearance, visual aspect
    outward or visible aspect of a person or thing
  18. noun
    bandage consisting of a firm covering (often made of plaster of Paris) that immobilizes broken bones while they heal
    synonyms: plaster bandage, plaster cast
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    type of:
    bandage, patch
    a piece of soft material that covers and protects an injured part of the body
  19. verb
    get rid of
    synonyms: cast off, drop, shake off, shed, throw, throw away, throw off
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    exuviate, molt, moult, shed, slough
    cast off hair, skin, horn, or feathers
    shed flowers and leaves and fruit following formation of a scar tissue
    cast off in scales, laminae, or splinters
    autotomise, autotomize
    cause a body part to undergo autotomy
    desquamate, peel off
    peel off in scales
    type of:
    remove, take, take away, withdraw
    remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract
  20. verb
    move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment
    synonyms: drift, ramble, range, roam, roll, rove, stray, swan, tramp, vagabond, wander
    drift, err, stray
    wander from a direct course or at random
    go via an indirect route or at no set pace
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    wander aimlessly
    gad, gallivant, jazz around
    wander aimlessly in search of pleasure
    type of:
    go, locomote, move, travel
    change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically
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