Nearby words

  1. casson,
  2. cassone,
  3. cassoulet,
  4. cassowary,
  5. casspir,
  6. cast about,
  7. cast adrift,
  8. cast away,
  9. cast back,
  10. cast brace


    at a single cast, through a single action or event: He bankrupted himself at a single cast.

Origin of cast

1175–1225; Middle English casten < Old Norse kasta to throw

1. See throw. 55. See turn.

Related forms
Can be confusedcast caste class Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for cast down

cast down


(tr, adverb) to make (a person) discouraged or dejected


/ (kɑːst) /

verb casts, casting or cast (mainly tr)


Word Origin for cast

C13: from Old Norse kasta

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Word Origin and History for cast down
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Medicine definitions for cast down


[ kăst ]


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.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.

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Idioms and Phrases with cast down

cast down


Throw down, hurl to the ground, as in She cast down her coat on the grass. [Late 1400s]


Bend down, lower, as in He cast down his eyes. [Late 1300s]


In addition to the idioms beginning with cast

  • cast about
  • cast adrift
  • cast away
  • cast doubt on
  • cast down
  • cast in one's lot
  • cast in stone
  • cast in the same mold
  • castles in the air
  • cast loose
  • cast off
  • cast on
  • cast one's lot with
  • cast out
  • cast pearls before swine
  • cast the first stone

also see:

  • die is cast
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