1an object made by shaping molten metal or similar material in a mould:bronze casts of the sculpture
(also plaster cast) a mould used to make an object by casting:the artist’s casts and moulds became the property of the museum
(also plaster cast) a bandage stiffened with plaster of Paris, moulded to the shape of a limb that is broken and used to support and protect it:I had to spend a month in a cast
2an act of throwing something forcefully:he grabbed a spear for a third cast
Fishing a throw of a fishing line:I swung the rod out for a cast
British the leader of a fishing line.
archaic a throw or a number thrown at dice:'tis no winning cast
3 [in singular, with adjective or noun modifier] the form or appearance of something, especially someone’s features or complexion:she had a somewhat masculine cast of countenancethe colours he wore emphasized the olive cast of his skin
the character of something:this question is for minds of a more philosophical cast than mine
7 Hunting a wide search made by a hound or pack of hounds to find a trail.
Australian/NZ a wide sweep made by a sheepdog in mustering sheep.
1 [usually with adverbial of direction] chiefly literary throw (something) forcefully in a specified direction:he cast the book down on to the chair angrilythe fishermen cast a large net around a school of tuna figurativeindividuals who do not accept the norms are cast out from the group
throw the hooked and baited end of (a fishing line) out into the water.
let down (an anchor or sounding line).
2 [with adverbial of place] cause (light or shadow) to appear on a surface:the moon cast a pale light over the cottages
[with adverbial of direction] direct (one’s eyes or a look) at something:she cast down her eyes [with two objects]:she cast him a desperate glance
cause (uncertainty or disparagement) to be associated with something:journalists cast doubt on the government’s version of events
3 [with adverbial of direction] discard:he jumped in, casting caution to the wind
shed (skin or horns) in the process of growth:the antlers are cast each year
(of a horse) lose (a shoe).
4shape (metal or other material) by pouring it into a mould while molten:when hammered or cast, bronze could be made into tools
make (a moulded object) by casting metal:a bell was cast for the church
arrange and present in a specified form or style:he issued statements cast in tones of reason
5register (a vote):votes have been cast in 40 per cent of the seats
6cause (a magic spell) to take effect:the witch cast a spell on her to turn her into a beast figurativethe city casts a spell on the visitor
7calculate and record details of (a horoscope):you can look at the star chart cast at somebody’s birth
8 [no object, usually with adverbial of direction] (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
9 [no object] Hunting (of a dog) search in different directions for a lost scent:the dog cast furiously for the vanished rabbit
[with object] let loose (hounds) on a scent:casting the hounds into cover, we stood and listened
10immobilize (an animal, especially a cow) by using a rope to cause it to fall on its side.
be cast in a —— mould
(of a person) be of the type specified:he was cast in a cautious mould
think back to a particular event or time:he cast his mind back to the fatal evening
cast the (or one's) net
search for suitable options or candidates in a specified way:Martin vowed he would cast the net far and wide in the search for the best personhe is prepared to cast his net wide to find workable solutions
cast about (or around or round)
search far and wide (physically or mentally):he is restlessly casting about for novelties