I glanced at a man seated next to me, and the look he cast back mirrored the anxiety in my eyes.
No reflection was to be allowed now: not one glance was to be cast back; not even one forward.
In her hand she held an object that cast back the light of the dying fire.
One more look did she cast back, then she resolutely entered the cave and groped through it in the dark, along the wet stones.
I have, though somewhat reluctantly, cast back to the original form.
This was how his generous intention was cast back upon his hands.
We cast back on Mr. Wilson his insolent and slanderous interpretation.
One saw it from the glances they cast back at a pair of passing vultures.
The eyes saw it not: in reality they were cast back to where his mind was—the past.
They would then cast back to the point where they had lost the scent.
c.1200, from a Scandinavian source akin to Old Norse kasta "to throw" (cf. Swedish kasta, Danish kaste, North Frisian kastin), of uncertain origin. Meaning "to form in a mold" is late 15c. In the sense of "warp, turn" it replaced Old English weorpan (see warp (v.)), and itself largely has been superseded now by throw, though cast still is used of fishing lines and glances.
mid-13c., "a throw, an act of throwing," from cast (v.). In early use especially of dice, hence figurative uses relating to fortune or fate. Meaning "that which is cast" is from c.1550s. Meaning "dash or shade of color" is from c.1600. The sense of "a throw" carried an idea of "the form the thing takes after it has been thrown," which led to widespread and varied meanings, such as "group of actors in a play" (1630s). OED finds 42 distinct noun meaning and 83 verbal ones, with many sub-definitions. Many of the figurative senses converged in a general meaning "sort, kind, style" (mid-17c.). A cast in the eye (early 14c.) preserves the older verbal sense of "warp, turn."
An object formed by the solidification of molten liquid poured into an impression or mold, as in a dental cast of the maxillary or mandibular arch.
A rigid dressing, usually made of gauze and plaster of Paris, used to immobilize an injured, fractured, or dislocated body part, as in a fracture or dislocation. Also called plaster cast.
A mass of fibrous material, coagulated protein, or exudate that has taken the form of the cavity in which it has been molded, such as the bronchial, renal, intestinal, or vaginal cavity, and that is found histologically as well as in urine or sputum samples.