[ uhp-kast, -kahst ]
/ ˈʌpˌkæst, -ˌkɑst /


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.

Nearby words

  1. upbringing,
  2. upbuild,
  3. upburst,
  4. upc,
  5. upcard,
  6. upcharge,
  7. upchuck,
  8. upcoming,
  9. upcountry,
  10. upcropping

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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