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v. cast, cast·ing, casts
a. To throw (something, especially something light): The boy cast stones in the water.
b. To throw with force; hurl: waves that cast driftwood far up on the shore. See Synonyms at throw.
c. To throw or propel a lure or bait at the end of (a fishing line) into the water so as to catch fish or other aquatic life.
d. To throw (a net), as in fishing; cause to spread out.
e. To throw on the ground, as in wrestling.
f. To let fall; drop: cast anchor.
g. To roll or throw (dice, for example).
h. To draw (lots).
2. To shed; molt: The snake cast its skin.
3. To deposit or indicate (a ballot or vote).
4. To turn or direct: All eyes were cast upon the speaker.
a. To cause to fall onto or over something or in a certain direction: candles casting light; trees casting shadows.
b. To assert in relation to someone or something or cause to be associated: Don't let him cast aspersions on your character. The results cast doubt on our hypothesis.
6. To give birth to prematurely: The cow cast a calf.
7. To cause (hunting hounds) to scatter and circle in search of a lost scent.
a. To choose actors for (a play, for example).
b. To assign a certain role to (an actor): cast her as the lead.
c. To assign an actor to (a part): cast each role carefully.
a. To form (liquid metal, for example) into a particular shape by pouring into a mold.
b. To make (an object) by casting liquid metal.
10. To arrange or devise: cast the book in three parts; cast a plan.
11. To calculate or compute; add up (a column of figures).
12. To calculate astrologically: cast my horoscope.
13. To warp; twist: floorboards cast by age.
14. Nautical To turn (a ship); change to the opposite tack.
1. To throw something, especially to throw out a lure or bait at the end of a fishing line.
2. To add a column of figures; make calculations.
3. To receive form or shape in a mold: a material that casts well.
4. To become warped.
5. To search for a lost scent in hunting with hounds.
6. Nautical
a. To veer to leeward from a former course; fall off.
b. To put about; tack.
7. To choose actors for the parts in a play, movie, or other theatrical presentation.
a. The act or an instance of casting or throwing.
b. The act or an instance of throwing a fishing line or net into the water.
c. The line or net thrown.
d. The distance covered by a throw.
e. A throw of dice.
f. The number on dice facing up when thrown.
2. A stroke of fortune or fate; a lot.
a. Something, such as molted skin, that is thrown off, out, or away.
b. A piece of excrement produced by an earthworm.
a. A direction or expression of the eyes.
b. A slight squint.
5. The addition of a column of figures; calculation.
6. A conjecture; a forecast.
a. The act of pouring molten material into a mold.
b. The amount of molten material poured into a mold at a single operation.
c. Something formed by this means or in a mold or matrix: The sculpture was a bronze cast. They made a cast of her face.
8. A rigid dressing, usually made of gauze and plaster of Paris, used to immobilize an injured body part, as in a fracture or dislocation. Also called plaster cast.
9. The form in which something is made or constructed; arrangement: the close-set cast of her features.
10. Outward form or look; appearance: a suit of stylish cast.
11. Sort; type: fancied himself to be of a macho cast.
12. An inclination; tendency: her thoughtful cast of mind.
13. The actors in a play, movie, or other theatrical presentation.
14. A slight trace of color; a tinge.
15. A distortion of shape.
16. The circling of hounds to pick up a scent in hunting.
17. A pair of hawks released by a falconer at one time.
Phrasal Verbs:
cast about (or around)
1. To make a search; look: had to cast about for an hour, looking for a good campsite.
2. To devise means; contrive.
cast off
1. To discard; reject: cast off old clothing.
2. To let go; set loose: cast off a boat; cast off a line.
3. To make the last row of stitches in knitting.
4. Printing To estimate the space a manuscript will occupy when set into type.
cast on
To make the first row of stitches in knitting.
cast out
To drive out by force; expel.
cast (one's) lot with
To join or side with for better or worse.

[Middle English casten, from Old Norse kasta.]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.cast off - get rid of; "he shed his image as a pushy boss"; "shed your clothes"
exuviate, molt, moult, slough, shed - cast off hair, skin, horn, or feathers; "our dog sheds every Spring"
remove, take away, withdraw, take - remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract; "remove a threat"; "remove a wrapper"; "Remove the dirty dishes from the table"; "take the gun from your pocket"; "This machine withdraws heat from the environment"
abscise - shed flowers and leaves and fruit following formation of a scar tissue
exfoliate - cast off in scales, laminae, or splinters
autotomise, autotomize - cause a body part to undergo autotomy
2.cast off - make the last row of stitches when knitting
handicraft - a craft that requires skillful hands
sew, sew together, stitch, run up - fasten by sewing; do needlework
cast on - make the first row of stitches when knitting
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يَرْبُطُيَنْبُذُ، يُهْمِلُ، يَتَخَلّى عَنيُنْهي آخِر القُطَب
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w>cast off

vt sep
(= get rid of)abwerfen; friendsfallen lassen
(Naut) → losmachen
(Naut) → losmachen
(Knitting) → abketten
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007


(kaːst) past tense past participle cast verb
1. to throw. The angler cast his line into the river; These facts cast new light on the matter; She cast him a look of hatred.
2. to get rid of; to take off. Some snakes cast their skins.
3. to shape (metal etc) by pouring into a mould. Metal is melted before it is cast.
4. to give a part in a play etc to. She was cast as Lady Macbeth.
5. to select the actors for (a film etc). The director is casting (the film) tomorrow.
6. to give (a vote). I cast my vote for the younger candidate.
1. a throw. At his third cast he caught a fish.
2. something made by moulding. The doctor put a plaster cast on his broken leg.
3. a mould. The hot metal is poured into a cast.
4. the complete set of actors in a play, opera etc. the whole cast of the play.
5. something that is ejected by certain animals, eg the earthworm. worm casts all over the grass.
ˈcastaway noun
a shipwrecked person.
casting vote
the deciding vote of the chairman of a meeting when the other votes are equally divided.
cast iron
unpurified iron melted and shaped in a mould.
ˈcast-iron adjective
1. made of cast iron. a cast-iron frying-pan.
2. very strong. cast-iron muscles.
ˈcast-off noun, adjective
(a piece of clothing etc) no longer needed. cast-off clothes; I don't want my sister's cast-offs.
cast off
1. to untie (the mooring lines of a boat).
2. (also cast aside) to reject as unwanted.
3. in knitting, to finish (the final row of stitches).
cast on
in knitting, to make the first row of stitches.
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References in classic literature ?
The warriors had cast off their deck lashings and the officers were taking account of losses and damage when a weak cry was heard from oversides, attracting their attention to the man hanging in the cordage beneath the keel.
"I am afraid you will cast off the masts in spite of me."
As we approached, the two fishermen proceeded to cast off from their net and row ashore, while the first two rowed back and made fast to the net we had abandoned.
Finally, above the banging, and rumbling, and shouting, and hissing of steam rang the order to "cast off!"--a sudden rush to the gangways--a scampering ashore of visitors-a revolution of the wheels, and we were off--the pic-nic was begun!
The outer envelope might then be cast off as a useless encumbrance; and the second balloon, left free to itself, would not offer the same hold to the currents of air as a half-inflated one must needs present.
But how cast off all the superfluous, devilish burden of my outer man?
And they will have to be watched at every age, in order that we may see whether they preserve their resolution, and never, under the influence either of force or enchantment, forget or cast off their sense of duty to the State.
Lines were cast off and the boats moved out into the stream under the influence of the sturdy paddlers.
"With this thing which I have stolen, I will unlock these locks and cast off these chains to-night.
Presently the cracked bell tapped and a voice gave the order to "cast off." A minute or two later the skiff's head was standing high up, against the boat's swell, and the voyage was begun.
Ferrars has suffered from his family; for if I understand the matter right, he has been entirely cast off by them for persevering in his engagement with a very deserving young woman.-- Have I been rightly informed?--Is it so?--"
It took moments for it to cast off its battleful ways and resume its accustomed course of thought.