verb (used with object), cast, cast·ing.
- to throw out (a fishing line, net, bait, etc.): The fisherman cast his line.
- to fish in (a stream, an area, etc.): He has often cast this brook.
- to select actors for (a play, motion picture, or the like).
- to allot a role to (an actor).
- to assign an actor to (a role).
verb (used without object), cast, cast·ing.
- to consider.
- to plan or scheme.
- a throw of dice.
- the number rolled.
- act of throwing a line or net onto the water.
- a spot for casting a fishing line; a fishing place.
- act of casting or founding.
- the quantity of metal cast at one time.
- to look, as to find something; search; seek: We cast about for something to do during the approaching summer vacation.
- to scheme; plan: He cast about how he could avoid work.
- Also cast aside. to reject; discard.
- to shipwreck.
- to throw away; squander: He will cast away this money just as he has done in the past.
- to discard; reject.
- to let go or let loose, as a vessel from a mooring.
- Printing. to determine the quantity of type or space that a given amount of text will occupy when set.
- Textiles. to make (the final stitches) in completing a knitted fabric.
- to throw (a falcon) off from the fist to pursue game.
- to add up; compute.
- to vomit; eject.
- Chiefly Scot. to turn up; appear.
Origin of cast
Examples from the Web for cast-off
The boys wear what look like cast-off gym clothes with sandals.Whatever You Do Someone Will Die. A Short Story About Impossible Choices in Iraq|Nathan Bradley Bethea|August 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Around the world, people are putting garbage and cast-off materials to productive use.
Does he pick up yet another identity, a cast-off item left on a barstool?‘Mad Men’ Season 6 Review: Triumphant, Lyrical, and Way Existential|Jace Lacob|April 3, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Hitherto he had only enjoyed "make downs," as they were called—new ones made out of some one's cast-off clothing.The Underworld|James C. Welsh
Dicky, with a cast-off jacket from the vicar's store, took to hanging about Liverpool Street Station in quest of bags to carry.A Child of the Jago|Arthur Morrison
She makes a very slight nest of sticks, hay, and sometimes of her own cast-off feathers.Birds' Nests, Eggs and Egg-Collecting|Richard Kearton
This was she in whose behalf he had weakly lowered himself to plead to his own cast-off slave for extenuating evidences!
Any of Gus's cast-off suits were thought good enough for the office, and my Sunday suit was two years old.The Last Cruise of the Spitfire|Edward Stratemeyer
British Dictionary definitions for cast-off (1 of 2)
verb cast off (adverb)
British Dictionary definitions for cast-off (2 of 2)
verb casts, casting or cast (mainly tr)
- to shape (molten metal, glass, etc) by pouring or pressing it into a mould
- to make (an object) by such a process
- Also called: casting something that is shed, dropped, or egested, such as the coil of earth left by an earthworm
- another name for pellet (def. 4)
- a throw at dice
- the resulting number shown
- a trace with a fly or flies attached
- the act or an instance of casting
- the actors in a play collectively
- (as modifier)a cast list
- an object made of metal, glass, etc, that has been shaped in a molten state by being poured or pressed into a mould
- the mould used to shape such an object
Word Origin for cast
Medicine definitions for cast-off
Idioms and Phrases with cast-off
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
- die is cast