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Definition: To cast a
(k[.a]st), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Cast
; p. pr. & vb.
.] [Cf. Dan. kaste, Icel. & Sw. kasta; perh. akin
to L. gerere
to bear, carry. E. jest.]
1. To send or drive by force; to throw; to fling; to hurl; to
Uzziah prepared . . . slings to cast stones. --2
Cast thy garment about thee, and follow me. --Acts.
We must be cast upon a certain island. --Acts.
2. To direct or turn, as the eyes.
How earnestly he cast his eyes upon me! --Shak.
3. To drop; to deposit; as, to cast a ballot.
4. To throw down, as in wrestling. --Shak.
5. To throw up, as a mound, or rampart.
Thine enemies shall cast a trench [bank] about thee.
6. To throw off; to eject; to shed; to lose.
His filth within being cast. --Shak.
Neither shall your vine cast her fruit. --Mal. iii.
The creatures that cast the skin are the snake, the
viper, etc. --Bacon.
7. To bring forth prematurely; to slink.
Thy she-goats have not cast their young. --Gen. xxi.
8. To throw out or emit; to exhale. [Obs.]
This . . . casts a sulphureous smell. --Woodward.
9. To cause to fall; to shed; to reflect; to throw; as, to
cast a ray upon a screen; to cast light upon a subject.
10. To impose; to bestow; to rest.
The government I cast upon my brother. --Shak.
Cast thy burden upon the Lord. --Ps. iv. 22.
11. To dismiss; to discard; to cashier. [Obs.]
The state can not with safety cast him.
12. To compute; to reckon; to calculate; as, to cast a
horoscope. “Let it be cast and paid.”
You cast the event of war, my noble lord. --Shak.
13. To contrive; to plan. [Archaic]
The cloister . . . had, I doubt not, been cast for
[an orange-house]. --Sir W.
14. To defeat in a lawsuit; to decide against; to convict;
as, to be cast in damages.
She was cast to be hanged. --Jeffrey.
Were the case referred to any competent judge, they
would inevitably be cast. --Dr. H. More.
15. To turn (the balance or scale); to overbalance; hence, to
make preponderate; to decide; as, a casting voice.
How much interest casts the balance in cases
16. To form into a particular shape, by pouring liquid metal
or other material into a mold; to fashion; to found; as,
to cast bells, stoves, bullets.
17. (Print.) To stereotype or electrotype.
18. To fix, distribute, or allot, as the parts of a play
among actors; also to assign (an actor) for a part.
Our parts in the other world will be new cast.
To cast anchor
(Naut.) See under Anchor
To cast a horoscope
, to calculate it.
To cast a horse, sheep
, or other animal, to throw with
the feet upwards, in such a manner as to prevent its
To cast a shoe
, to throw off or lose a shoe, said of a
horse or ox.
To cast aside
, to throw or push aside; to neglect; to
reject as useless or inconvenient.
To cast away
(a) To throw away; to lavish; to waste. “Cast away a
(b) To reject; to let perish. “Cast away his people.”
--Rom. xi. 1. “Cast one away.”
(c) To wreck. “Cast away and sunk.”
To cast by
, to reject; to dismiss or discard; to throw
To cast down
, to throw down; to destroy; to deject or
depress, as the mind. “Why art thou cast down. O my
--Ps. xiii. 5.
To cast forth
, to throw out, or eject, as from an inclosed
place; to emit; to send out.
To cast in one's lot with
, to share the fortunes of.
To cast in one's teeth
, to upbraid or abuse one for; to
To cast lots
. See under Lot
To cast off
(a) To discard or reject; to drive away; to put off; to
free one's self from.
(b) (Hunting) To leave behind, as dogs; also, to set
loose, or free, as dogs. --Crabb.
(c) (Naut.) To untie, throw off, or let go, as a rope.
To cast off copy
, (Print.), to estimate how much printed
matter a given amount of copy will make, or how large the
page must be in order that the copy may make a given
number of pages.
To cast one's self on
or To cast one's self upon
or submit one's self unreservedly to, as to the mercy of
To cast out
, to throw out; to eject, as from a house; to
cast forth; to expel; to utter.
To cast the lead
(Naut.), to sound by dropping the lead to
To cast the water
(Med.), to examine the urine for signs of
To cast up
(a) To throw up; to raise.
(b) To compute; to reckon, as the cost.
(c) To vomit.
(d) To twit with; to throw in one's teeth.