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[pree-kast, -kahst]Building Trades.
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verb (used with object), pre·cast, pre·cast·ing.
  1. to cast (a concrete block or slab, etc.) in a place other than where it is to be installed in a structure.
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  1. (of a building or section) cast before being transported to the site of installation: a precast concrete roof.
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Origin of precast

First recorded in 1860–65; pre- + cast
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Historical Examples

  • The Moonship, actually, was assembled from precast individual cells which then were welded together.

    Space Tug

    Murray Leinster

  • Since the bridge is on a grade, it was necessary to precast this in sheets the width of the curb.

    Third Biennial Report of the Oregon State Highway Commission

    S. Benson, W. L. Thompson, R. A. Booth, Herbert Nunn

British Dictionary definitions for precast


adjective (ˈpriːˌkɑːst)
  1. (esp of concrete when employed as a structural element in building) cast in a particular form before being used
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verb (priːˈkɑːst) -casts, -casting or -cast
  1. (tr) to cast (concrete) in a particular form before use
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