noun An object made by shaping molten metal or similar material in a mold. (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) A convoluted mass of earth or sand ejected onto the surface by a burrowing worm. (This is the yellow-faced blenny, often found in old tubeworm casts and even discarded shells.) A search made by a hound or pack of hounds over a wide area to find a trail.
verb Throw (something) forcefully in a specified direction. (individuals who do not accept the norms are cast out from the group) Cause (light or shadow) to appear on a surface. (the moon cast a pale light over the cottages) Discard. (the issue was cast from the list of concerns) Shape (metal or other material) by pouring it into a mold while molten. (when hammered or cast, bronze could be made into tools) Register (a vote) (residents turned out in record numbers to cast their votes) 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)
noun The actors taking part in a play, film, or other production. (he draws sensitive performances from his inexperienced cast)