[ pree-kast, -kahst ]
/ priˈkæst, -ˈkɑst /
Building Trades.

verb (used with object), pre·cast, pre·cast·ing.

to cast (a concrete block or slab, etc.) in a place other than where it is to be installed in a structure.


(of a building or section) cast before being transported to the site of installation: a precast concrete roof.

Nearby words

  1. precariat,
  2. precarious,
  3. precariously,
  4. precarity,
  5. precartilage,
  6. precative,
  7. precatory,
  8. precaution,
  9. precautionary,
  10. precautionary principle

Origin of precast

First recorded in 1860–65; pre- + cast Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for precast


adjective (ˈpriːˌkɑːst)

(esp of concrete when employed as a structural element in building) cast in a particular form before being used

verb (priːˈkɑːst) -casts, -casting or -cast

(tr) to cast (concrete) in a particular form before use
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