[ uhp-kast, -kahst ]
/ ˈʌpˌkæst, -ˌkɑst /
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an act of casting upward.
the state of being cast upward.
something that is cast or thrown up, as soil or earth in digging.
a shaft or passage up which air passes, as from a mine (opposed to downcast).


cast up; directed or thrown upward: The child looked at her father with upcast eyes.

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

to cast up or upward.



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Origin of upcast

1300–50; Middle English upcasten (v.). See up-, cast
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British Dictionary definitions for upcast

/ (ˈʌpˌkɑːst) /


material cast or thrown up
a ventilation shaft through which air leaves a mineCompare downcast (def. 3)
geology (in a fault) the section of strata that has been displaced upwards


directed or thrown upwards

verb -casts, -casting or -cast

(tr) to throw or cast up
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