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[kas-ting, kah-sting]
  1. the act or process of a person or thing that casts.
  2. something cast; any article that has been cast in a mold.
  3. the act or process of choosing actors to play the various roles in a theatrical production, motion picture, etc.
  4. 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.
  5. Zoology. cast(def 62).
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Origin of casting

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at cast, -ing1
Related formsmul·ti·cast·ing, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for multicasting


  1. an object or figure that has been cast, esp in metal from a mould
  2. the process of transferring molten steel to a mould
  3. the choosing of actors for a production
  4. 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
  5. zoology another word for cast (def. 28), pellet (def. 4)
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Word Origin and History for multicasting



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.

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