noun An object made by shaping molten metal or similar material in a mould. (bronze casts of the sculpture) An act of throwing something forcefully. (he grabbed a spear for a third cast) The form or appearance of something, especially someone's features or complexion. (she had a somewhat masculine cast of countenance) A slight squint. (he had a cast in one eye) short for worm cast A wide search made by a hound or pack of hounds to find a trail. (It is always great impertinence in a huntsman to pretend to make a cast himself, before the hounds have made theirs.) A pair or group of hawks or falcons. (he gave one thousand pounds for a cast of hawks)
verb Throw (something) forcefully in a specified direction. (he cast the book down on to the chair angrily) Cause (light or shadow) to appear on a surface. (the moon cast a pale light over the cottages) Discard. (he jumped in, casting caution to the wind) Shape (metal or other material) by pouring it into a mould while molten. (when hammered or cast, bronze could be made into tools) Register (a vote) (votes have been cast in 40 per cent of the seats) Cause (a magic spell) to take effect. (the witch cast a spell on her to turn her into a beast) Calculate and record details of (a horoscope) (you can look at the star chart cast at somebody's birth) (in country dancing) change one's position by moving a certain number of places in a certain direction along the outside of the line in which one is dancing. (cross the set and cast down one place) (of a dog) search in different directions for a lost scent. (the dog cast furiously for the vanished rabbit) Immobilize (an animal, especially a cow) by using a rope to cause it to fall on its side.
noun The actors taking part in a play, film, or other production. (he draws sensitive performances from his inexperienced cast)
verb Assign a part in a play or film to (an actor) (he was cast as a young knight in her lavish historical epic)