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Definition of 'cast'


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


  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"
       Synonyms: 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
       Synonyms: 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"
       Synonyms: 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"
       Synonyms: mold mould
  8. get rid of; "he shed his image as a pushy boss"; "shed your clothes"
       Synonyms: shed cast off shake off throw throw off throw away drop
  9. choose at random; "draw a card"; "cast lots"
       Synonyms: draw
  10. formulate in a particular style or language; "I wouldn't put it that way"; "She cast her request in very polite language"
       Synonyms: 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"
       Synonyms: vomit vomit up purge sick cat be sick disgorge regorge retch puke barf spew spue chuck upchuck honk regurgitate throw up
       Antonyms: keep down


  1. (of molten metal or glass) formed by pouring or pressing into a mold

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