Origin of casting
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
Synonyms for cast
Origin of die casting
Related Words for castingdrop, direct, count, choose, pick, lob, impel, shed, shy, sling, fling, fire, toss, pitch, boot, chuck, drive, project, launch, hurl
Examples from the Web for casting
Contemporary Examples of 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
December 23, 2014
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
“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’
December 2, 2014
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
November 24, 2014
Nosferatu (1922) The way Nosferatu looked was my inspiration for casting Michael Berryman in The Hills Have Eyes.Wes Craven's Favorite Scary Movies
October 30, 2014
Historical Examples of casting
Casting from us our own faults first, let us cast from us and from him our neighbor's also.Weighed and Wanting
He glanced about the room, casting his eyes critically at the books.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
And, casting his long arms about her, he strove to draw her to him.
And, casting the pen down, he turned his stool round impatiently.
And casting about for an excuse, he grasped at the most sovereign solace he knew of.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
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: castingsomething 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
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.
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."
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.
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