cast

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.

Primary Meanings of cast

1.
vn
put or send forth
a violent throw
2.
v
deposit
3.
nv
the actors in a play
select to play,sing, or dance a part in a play, movie, musical, opera, or ballet
4.
vn
form by pouring (e.g., wax or hot metal) into a cast or mold
container into which liquid is poured to create a given shape when it hardens
5.
v
get rid of
6.
v
move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment
Full Definitions of cast
1

v put or send forth

cast a spell”
cast a warm light”
Synonyms:
contrive, project, throw
Types:
shoot
send forth suddenly, intensely, swiftly
Type of:
direct, send
cause to go somewhere

v throw forcefully

Synonyms:
hurl, hurtle
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crash, dash
hurl or thrust violently
precipitate
hurl or throw violently
catapult, sling
hurl as if with a sling
bowl
hurl a cricket ball from one end of the pitch towards the batsman at the other end
Type of:
throw
propel through the air

v eject the contents of the stomach through the mouth

Synonyms:
barf, be sick, chuck, disgorge, throw up, vomit, vomit up
Antonyms:
keep down
manage not to throw up
Type of:
egest, eliminate, excrete, pass
eliminate from the body

n a violent throw

Synonyms:
hurl
Type of:
throw
the act of throwing (propelling something with a rapid movement of the arm and wrist)

n 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
overcast
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

n the act of throwing dice

Synonyms:
roll
Types:
natural
(craps) a first roll of 7 or 11 that immediately wins the stake
Type of:
throw
casting an object in order to determine an outcome randomly
2

v deposit

cast a vote”
cast a ballot”
Type of:
give
convey or reveal information

v choose at random

cast lots”
Synonyms:
draw
Type of:
go, move
have a turn; make one's move in a game
3

n the actors in a play

Synonyms:
cast of characters, dramatis personae
Types:
ensemble, supporting players
a cast other than the principals
Type of:
assemblage, gathering
a group of persons together in one place

v 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”
Types:
recast
cast again, in a different role
miscast
cast an actor, singer, or dancer in an unsuitable role
typecast
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)

v assign the roles of (a movie or a play) to actors

“Who cast this beautiful movie?”
Type of:
assign, delegate, depute, designate
give an assignment to (a person) to a post, or assign a task to (a person)
4

v form by pouring (e.g., wax or hot metal) into a cast or mold

cast a bronze sculpture”
Synonyms:
mold, mould
Types:
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

v formulate in a particular style or language

“She cast her request in very polite language”
Synonyms:
couch, frame, put, redact
Type of:
articulate, formulate, give voice, phrase, word
put into words or an expression

n container into which liquid is poured to create a given shape when it hardens

Synonyms:
mold, mould
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form
a mold for setting concrete
matrix
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
sandbox
mold consisting of a box with sand shaped to mold metal
Type of:
container
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)

n the distinctive form in which a thing is made

“pottery of this cast was found throughout the region”
Synonyms:
mold, mould, stamp
Type of:
solid
a three-dimensional shape

n object formed by a mold

Synonyms:
casting
Types:
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:
copy
a thing made to be similar or identical to another thing

n the visual appearance of something or someone

“the delicate cast of his features”
Synonyms:
form, shape
Type of:
appearance, visual aspect
outward or visible aspect of a person or thing

n bandage consisting of a firm covering (often made of plaster of Paris) that immobilizes broken bones while they heal

Synonyms:
plaster bandage, plaster cast
Type of:
bandage, patch
a piece of soft material that covers and protects an injured part of the body
5

v 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
abscise
shed flowers and leaves and fruit following formation of a scar tissue
exfoliate
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
6

v 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
wander
go via an indirect route or at no set pace
Types:
maunder
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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