Definition for casting (2 of 3)
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
Definition for casting (3 of 3)
Origin of die casting
Examples from the Web for casting
But I have no desire to go on casting calls or any of that stuff.Anastasia Ashley, Surfer-Cum-Model, Rides The Viral Internet Wave|James Joiner|December 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Most commentators have focused on the issue of race in the casting of the film.Christian Bale: One Man's Moses Is Another Man's Terrorist|Candida Moss, Joel Baden|December 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“I called Lena Dunham the night before [the casting] was announced,” Williams says.The Cast of ‘Peter Pan Live!’ Knows You Hatewatched ‘The Sound of Music’|Kevin Fallon|December 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Her casting on the show allegedly signaled the start of a 4-year relationship with Cosby.Bill Cosby’s Long List of Accusers (So Far): 18 Alleged Sexual Assault Victims Between 1965-2004|Marlow Stern|November 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Nosferatu (1922) The way Nosferatu looked was my inspiration for casting Michael Berryman in The Hills Have Eyes.
The glare of the torches was reflected on the barrels, casting evil gleams.The Companions of Jehu|Alexandre Dumas, pre
He took a firm grip on himself, casting glances to all sides, and began speaking so fast his words tripped over each other.Red Nails|Robert E. Howard
They reminded them perpetually of "the casting of the soul into hell and hell-torments."The History of Antiquity, Volume IV (of 6)|Max Duncker
What do you mean by casting my station in my teeth, because I can't put my night-cap on comfortably till you have brushed my hair?Man and Wife|Wilkie Collins
I met him on the seashore and I was quicker than he in casting.Ulric the Jarl|William O. Stoddard
British Dictionary definitions for casting (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for casting (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
Word Origin and History for casting (1 of 3)
c.1300, "a throwing; late 14c., "a metal casting, a product of a cast;" verbal noun from cast (v.). Theatrical sense is from 1814. Casting couch in the naughty-Hollywood sense is from 1948.
Word Origin and History for casting (1 of 3)
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."
Word Origin and History for casting (2 of 3)
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.
Medicine definitions for casting
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
- die is cast