[ kas-ting, kah-sting ]
/ ˈkæs tɪŋ, ˈkɑ stɪŋ /


the act or process of a person or thing that casts.
something cast; any article that has been cast in a mold.
the act or process of choosing actors to play the various roles in a theatrical production, motion picture, etc.
the act or skill of throwing a fishing line out over the water by means of a rod and reel: I'll have to improve my casting if I'm ever going to learn to fish well.
Zoology. cast(def 62).

Origin of casting

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at cast, -ing1

Related forms

mul·ti·cast·ing, noun

Definition for casting (2 of 3)

Origin of cast

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

Related forms

Can be confused

cast caste class

Definition for casting (3 of 3)

die casting

noun Metallurgy.

a process in which molten metal is forced into metallic molds under hydraulic pressure to shape it, form objects, etc.
an article made by this process.

Origin of die casting

First recorded in 1910–15

Related forms

die-cast·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for casting

British Dictionary definitions for casting (1 of 2)


/ (ˈkɑːstɪŋ) /


an object or figure that has been cast, esp in metal from a mould
the process of transferring molten steel to a mould
the choosing of actors for a production
hunting the act of directing a pack of hounds over ground where their quarry may recently have passed so that they can quest for, discover, or recapture its scent
zoology another word for cast (def. 28), pellet (def. 4)

British Dictionary definitions for casting (2 of 2)


/ (kɑːst) /

verb casts, casting or cast (mainly tr)


Word Origin for cast

C13: from Old Norse kasta
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Medicine definitions for casting


[ 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 casting


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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