[ 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.


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Origin of precast

First recorded in 1860–65; pre- + cast Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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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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