Cast Definition

Define what is Cast?

1. cast, cast of characters, dramatis personae (noun)

the actors in a play.


    assemblage, gathering noun
    a group of persons together in one place.


    supporting players, ensemble noun
    a cast other than the principals.

    2. cast, contrive, throw, project (verb)

    put or send forth.

    • She threw the flashlight beam into the corner.
    • The setting sun threw long shadows.
    • cast a spell.
    • cast a warm light.
    Synonyms: contrive, throw, project

    send, direct verb
    cause to go somewhere.


    shoot verb
    send forth suddenly, intensely, swiftly.

    3. cast (verb)


    • cast a vote.
    • cast a ballot.

    give verb
    convey or reveal information.

    4. cast, mold, mould (noun)

    container into which liquid is poured to create a given shape when it hardens.

      Synonyms: mold, mould

      container noun
      any object that can be used to hold things (especially a large metal boxlike object of standardized dimensions that can be loaded from one form of transport to another).


      form noun
      a mold for setting concrete.

      matrix noun
      mold used in the production of phonograph records, type, or other relief surface.

      pig bed, pig noun
      mold consisting of a bed of sand in which pig iron is cast.

      sandbox noun
      mold consisting of a box with sand shaped to mold metal.

      5. cast (verb)

      select to play,sing, or dance a part in a play, movie, musical, opera, or ballet.

      • He cast a young woman in the role of Desdemona.

      assign, delegate, designate, depute verb
      give an assignment to (a person) to a post, or assign a task to (a person).


      recast verb
      cast again, in a different role.

      miscast verb
      cast an actor, singer, or dancer in an unsuitable role.

      typecast verb
      cast repeatedly in the same kind of role.

      6. mold, stamp, mould, cast (noun)

      the distinctive form in which a thing is made.

      • pottery of this cast was found throughout the region.
      Synonyms: mold, stamp, mould

      solid noun
      a three-dimensional shape.

      7. hurl, hurtle, cast (verb)

      throw forcefully.

        Synonyms: hurl, hurtle

        throw verb
        propel through the air.


        dash, crash verb
        hurl or thrust violently.

        precipitate verb
        hurl or throw violently.

        sling, catapult verb
        hurl as if with a sling.

        bowl verb
        hurl a cricket ball from one end of the pitch towards the batsman at the other end.

        8. cast, SHAPE, form (noun)

        the visual appearance of something or someone.

        • the delicate cast of his features.
        Synonyms: SHAPE, form

        appearance, visual aspect noun
        outward or visible aspect of a person or thing.

        9. plaster bandage, plaster cast, cast (noun)

        bandage consisting of a firm covering (often made of plaster of Paris) that immobilizes broken bones while they heal.


          bandage, patch noun
          a piece of soft material that covers and protects an injured part of the body.

          10. cast (verb)

          assign the roles of (a movie or a play) to actors.

          • Who cast this beautiful movie?.

          assign, delegate, designate, depute verb
          give an assignment to (a person) to a post, or assign a task to (a person).

          11. wander, vagabond, stray, rove, roam, range, ramble, swan, drift, tramp, cast, roll (verb)

          move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment.

          • The gypsies roamed the woods.
          • roving vagabonds.
          • the wandering Jew.
          • The cattle roam across the prairie.
          • the laborers drift from one town to the next.
          • They rolled from town to town.

          go, locomote, move, travel verb
          change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically.


          maunder verb
          wander aimlessly.

          GAD, gallivant, jazz around verb
          wander aimlessly in search of pleasure.

          12. casting, cast (noun)

          object formed by a mold.

            Synonyms: casting

            copy noun
            a thing made to be similar or identical to another thing.


            death mask noun
            a cast taken from the face of a dead person.

            cylinder block, engine block, block noun
            a metal casting containing the cylinders and cooling ducts of an engine.

            life mask noun
            a cast taken from the face of a living person.

            13. cast, roll (noun)

            the act of throwing dice.

              Synonyms: roll

              throw noun
              casting an object in order to determine an outcome randomly.


              natural noun
              (craps) a first roll of 7 or 11 that immediately wins the stake.

              14. mould, mold, cast (verb)

              form by pouring (e.g., wax or hot metal) into a cast or mold.

              • cast a bronze sculpture.
              Synonyms: mould, mold

              SHAPE, mould, mold, form, forge, work verb
              make something, usually for a specific function.


              press out, press verb
              press from a plastic.

              remold, remould, recast verb
              cast again.

              sand cast verb
              pour molten metal into a mold of sand.

              15. casting, cast (noun)

              the act of throwing a fishing line out over the water by means of a rod and reel.

                Synonyms: casting

                fishing, sportfishing noun
                the act of someone who fishes as a diversion.


                bait casting noun
                the single-handed rod casting of a relatively heavy (artificial) bait.

                fly casting noun
                casting an artificial fly as a lure.

                overcast noun
                a cast that falls beyond the intended spot.

                surf casting, surf fishing noun
                casting (artificial) bait far out into the ocean (up to 200 yards) with the waves breaking around you.

                16. cast off, shed, throw off, shake off, throw away, throw, cast, drop (verb)

                get rid of.

                • he shed his image as a pushy boss.
                • shed your clothes.

                remove, take away, withdraw, take verb
                remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract.


                exuviate, molt, moult, slough, shed verb
                cast off hair, skin, horn, or feathers.

                abscise verb
                shed flowers and leaves and fruit following formation of a scar tissue.

                exfoliate verb
                cast off in scales, laminae, or splinters.

                autotomise, autotomize verb
                cause a body part to undergo autotomy.

                17. cast, draw (verb)

                choose at random.

                • draw a card.
                • cast lots.
                Synonyms: draw

                move, go verb
                have a turn; make one's move in a game.

                18. hurl, cast (noun)

                a violent throw.

                  Synonyms: hurl

                  throw noun
                  the act of throwing (propelling something with a rapid movement of the arm and wrist).

                  19. couch, redact, put, frame, cast (verb)

                  formulate in a particular style or language.

                  • I wouldn't put it that way.
                  • She cast her request in very polite language.
                  Synonyms: couch, redact, put, frame

                  give voice, phrase, Word, articulate, formulate verb
                  put into words or an expression.

                  20. barf, vomit, upchuck, throw up, sick, retch, regorge, puke, vomit up, be sick, CAT, disgorge, spue, spew, chuck, regurgitate, honk, purge, cast (verb)

                  eject the contents of the stomach through the mouth.

                  • After drinking too much, the students vomited.
                  • He purged continuously.
                  • The patient regurgitated the food we gave him last night.
                  Antonyms: keep down (verb)

                  manage not to throw up.


                  egest, excrete, eliminate, pass verb
                  eliminate from the body.

                  Nearby Terms

                  cast about (verb)
                  search anxiously

                  cast anchor (verb)
                  secure a vessel with an anchor

                  cast around (verb)
                  search anxiously

                  cast aside (verb)
                  throw or cast away

                  cast away (verb)
                  throw or cast away

                  cast down (verb)
                  lower someone's spirits; make downhearted

                  cast iron (noun)
                  an alloy of iron containing so much carbon that it is brittle and so cannot be wrought but must be shaped by casting

                  cast of characters (noun)
                  the actors in a play

                  cast off (verb)
                  get rid of

                  cast on (verb)
                  make the first row of stitches when knitting

                  cast out (verb)
                  expel from a community or group

                  cast-iron (adjective satellite)
                  extremely robust

                  cast-iron plant (noun)
                  evergreen perennial with large handsome basal leaves; grown primarily as a foliage houseplant

                  cast-off (adjective satellite)
                  thrown away

                  Castanea (noun)
                  chestnuts; chinkapins