• Settlers trading with the Indians—bartering casting counters and other trade goods for furs. (Conjectural sketch by Sidney E. King.)
    Settlers trading with the Indians—bartering casting counters and other trade goods for furs. (Conjectural sketch by Sidney E. King.)
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n casting the choice of actors to play particular roles in a play or movie
    • n casting the act of throwing a fishing line out over the water by means of a rod and reel
    • n casting the act of creating something by casting it in a mold
    • n casting object formed by a mold
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Brass casting counters excavated on Jamestown Island. Many were made in Germany before 1575 for use by merchants on counting boards. In the New World they were used for the Indian trade Brass casting counters excavated on Jamestown Island. Many were made in Germany before 1575 for use by merchants on...

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Texas is the only state that allows its residents to cast absentee ballots from space. This is because the Houston Space Center is home to most of the United States' astronauts.
    • Casting That which is cast in a mold; esp. the mass of metal so cast; as, a casting in iron; bronze casting .
    • Casting The act of casting off, or that which is cast off, as skin, feathers, excrement, etc.
    • Casting The act of one who casts or throws, as in fishing.
    • Casting The act or process of making casts or impressions, or of shaping metal or plaster in a mold; the act or the process of pouring molten metal into a mold.
    • Casting The warping of a board.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The brightest star in history was the supernova of 1054, which formed the Crab Nebula. It was brighter than Venus and bright enough to be seen in daylight and to cast a shadow at night. We know about it through the astronomic records of China and Japan.
    • n casting The act or process of founding.
    • n casting In the fine arts, the process of taking casts or impressions of statues, medals, etc., in clay, pitch, plaster, or fused metal.
    • n casting That which as been cast, or formed by running melted metal into a mold of any desired form. When used without qualification, the word usually denotes a casting of iron.
    • n casting Anything appearing as if cast in a mold; specifically, a string-shaped mass of earth voided by an earthworm; a worm-cast.
    • n casting Vomiting; vomit.
    • n casting Same as cast, 18.
    • n casting A purge consisting of pellets of hemp, cotton, feathers, or the like, given to hawks.
    • n casting Contrivance; distribution; arrangement.
    • n casting In sail-making, the calculated dimensions and shape of each cloth in a sail.
    • n casting Luck, as in dealing cards.
    • n casting plural The pellets of hair and bones cast up by owls and hawks.
    • n casting A premature shedding or falling of leaves which may be due to any one of various causes, but especially to drought, crowding of plants, or the attacks of parasitic fungi. See Lophodermium.
    • n casting In the fine arts, the arrangement of draperies and accessories.
    • n casting In agriculture, replowing old ‘ridges’ or ‘lands,’ with all the furrows of each in one direction. By this method two adjoining ridges are made into a single broad one, the crown occupying the place of the old water-furrow; or each retains its form, the water-furrow being kept clear.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The largest bell in the world is the Tsar Kolokol in the Kremlin in Moscow. It’s 20’ 2” high and 21’ 8” in diameter. Cast in 1735, it weighs 222.56 tons and has never been wrung. It cracked before it was installed.
    • ns Casting act of casting or moulding: that which is cast: a mould
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  • Ovid
    “Let your hook always be cast. In the pool where you least expect it, will be a fish.”
  • H.K. Barclay
    H.K. Barclay
    “When walking through the valley of shadows, remember, a shadow is cast by a Light.”
  • Malabar Proverb
    Malabar Proverb
    “Anger is as a stone cast into a wasp's nest.”
  • Italian Proverb
    Italian Proverb
    “A little man often cast a long shadow.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “The world is a stage, but the play is badly cast.”
  • Kenneth Hare
    Kenneth Hare
    “The puritan through life's sweet garden goes to pluck the thorn and cast away the rose.”


Cast a long shadow - Something or someone that casts a long shadow has considerable influence on other people or events.
Cast aspersion - If you cast aspersion, you try to blacken someone's name and make people think badly of them.
Cast doubt on - If you make other people not sure about a matter, then you have cast doubt on it.
Cast iron stomach - A person with a cast iron stomach can eat or drink anything without any ill effects.
Cast pearls before swine - If you cast pearls before swine, you offer something of value to someone who doesn't appreciate it- 'swine' are 'pigs'.
Cast sheep's eyes at - If you cast sheep's eyes at at someone, you look lovingly or with longing at them.
Cast your mind back - If somebody tells you to cast your mind back on something, they want you to think about something that happened in the past, but which you might not remember very well, and to try to remember as much as possible.
Cast your net widely - If you cast your net widely, you use a wide range of sources when trying to find something.
Casting vote - The casting vote is a vote given to a chairman or president that is used when there is a deadlock.
Die is cast - If the die is cast, a decision has been made that cannot be altered and fate will decide the consequences.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Scand.; as Ice. kasta, to throw.


In literature:

The three original castes gradually subdivided into hundreds and even thousands of sub-castes.
"The New World of Islam" by Lothrop Stoddard
All was bathed in the afternoon sunshine, except where a tree here and there cast a flake of shadow upon the grass of the meadows.
"Deerbrook" by Harriet Martineau
A vast number of the sacred caste have nothing to do with religious services.
"Life and Work in Benares and Kumaon, 1839-1877" by James Kennedy
A body cast upwards consumes the actual energy of projection, and lays up potential energy.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
Henry cast an inquiring look at Foresta and his mother.
"The Hindered Hand" by Sutton E. Griggs
Meantime a boat's oar and some line had been cast on shore.
"The Three Midshipmen" by W.H.G. Kingston
Her mother was a Hervey Island half-caste whom I married when I was trading on Manhiki.
"Rodman The Boatsteerer And Other Stories" by Louis Becke
There is a cast upon his countenance that strikes the questioner, somewhat puzzling him.
"The Flag of Distress" by Mayne Reid
A cast-iron pot holding 15 pounds of solder is then placed on the furnace.
"Elements of Plumbing" by Samuel Dibble
He cast a sideglance that reeked with hypocrisy at the young scholar.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann

In poetry:

And sees that over nature's face
A sombre veil is cast
With mournful voice and tearful eye
She says, 'The time is past!
"Alexander And Zenobia" by Anne Bronte
At night his window casts a square
Of light upon the lawn;
I sometimes walk and watch it there
Until the chill of dawn.
"A Tragedy" by Edith Nesbit
"Grant, Lord, her prayer, and let her go;
She crieth after us."
Nay, to the dogs ye cast it so;
Serve not a woman thus.
"The Syrophenician Woman" by George MacDonald
His sails of white sea-mist
Dripped with silver rain;
But where he passed there were cast
Leaden shadows o'er the main.
"By The Seaside : Sir Humphrey Gilbert" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
To know that, of a sinful world,
I one was saved as well;
My roll of ill with theirs upfurled,
And cast in deepest hell;
"The Disciple" by George MacDonald
Let heathens to their idols haste,
And worship wood or stone;
But my delightful lot is cast
Where the true God is known.
"Psalm 16 part 1" by Isaac Watts

In news:

Millions of Venezuelans turn out to cast ballots in a closely fought presidential election.
In boardroom dramas, they were cast as the cold, calculating capitalists who ruthlessly used their power to slash jobs, liquidate assets, and destroy venerable brands.
Saxophonist assembles all-star, younger cast for new album.
At University of New Hampshire, District 7 City Councilor Tito Jackson has been firing up crowds of students, registering them to vote and securing pledges that their ballots will be cast for President Obama come Nov 6.
On the one hand, the latest from Weissman (Yikes) seems little more than a series of grotesque caricatures featuring the Obamas, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, and a predictable cast of supporting characters.
'Wire' Star Michael Kenneth Williams Cast in Ol' Dirty Bastard Biopic.
Though the original casting call for the role as batboy asked for 18- or 19-year-old men, he was still offered the role as the Brooklyn Dodgers batboy circa 1940s.
Kleurtjes hand-glazed ceramic tile in 4.1 Turquoise and Kleurtjes hand-glazed ceramic sink basin in 4.3 Bleu Marin by Emery & Cie. Uomo tub in high-gloss cast mineral by Burgbad.
Perhaps the most impactful vote to be cast will be for our municipal, county and state representatives.
'Be cool or be cast out': Rock Hall noms Rush, Heart and Deep Purple.
Expert Says 35 Percent Of All Votes Could Be Cast Before Nov 6.
In development, some interesting casting choices are being discussed.
Bearpaw Footwear has continued its partnership with "Dancing with the Stars" cast member Karina Smirnoff for a third shoe in her collection.
Bearpaw Footwear has continued its partnership with "Dancing with the Stars" cast member Karina Smirnoff for a third shoe in her collection.
The cast rehearses a scene from Jack Kerouac's only play, The Beat Generation .

In science:

The stationary distribution in Eq. (10) can be cast into the form pi = e−β εi Z , where the partition function is given by Z = eSBG−βU .
On the way towards a generalized entropy maximization procedure
We show that the canonical Dirac constraint quantization of this model casts into a satisfactory Wheeler–De Witt (WDW) equation on the wave function for a branelike universe.
Ostrogradski approach for the Regge-Teitelboim type cosmology
It is possible that advances in some of these topics can cast a new light in the analysis of massive stars.
Analysis of Galactic late-type O dwarfs: more constraints on the weak wind problem
We now starting from W R (z = 0, x, x′ , q, q′ ) = R2 cast the Wigner distribution in a suitable dimensionless form.
Coupled paraxial wave equations in random media in the white-noise regime
Thus in order to bring the integrals of the Qgraf output into the compact form defined in the last section, the task is to find this shift and apply it to the Qgraf output; to rewrite the scalar products as inverse propagators and cast all integrals into the form of one of the auxiliary topologies in tab. 3.1.
Methods for the Reduction of Three-Loop QCD Form Factors