cast

Definitions

General English

General Science

Agriculture

  • verb to bear an offspring prematurely
  • verb to place an animal on its side on the ground

Cars & Driving

  • adjective produced by pouring molten metal into a sand or metal mould
  • verb to produce (a metal part) by pouring molten metal into a sand or metal mould

Computing

  • noun each individual part of a multimedia presentation or animation. The members of a cast can be individual images, sound clips, or text.

Media Studies

  • noun the actors or other performers in a drama, dance or other production
  • verb to choose somebody for a particular role in a drama, dance, or other performance, or choose people for all the roles in a production

Medical

  • noun a mass of material formed in a hollow organ or tube and excreted in fluid

Publishing

  • verb to make a piece of type out of hot metal

Sports

  • noun an enclosed support for an injured body part that holds it rigid while the tissues heal

Origin & History of “cast”

Cast comes from Old Norse kasta ‘throw’. It has gradually been replaced since middle English times as the ordinary word for ‘propelling with the arm’ by throw. Of the various metaphorical senses of the noun, ‘set of performers in a play’ developed in the 17th century, apparently from an earlier ‘plan, design’.
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