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“… the shadow of doubt cast from the failed …”

meanings of cast


  1. To throw off (the skin) as a process of growth; to shed the hair or fur of the coat.
  2. To throw (light etc.) on or upon something, or in a given direction.
  3. To direct (one's eyes, gaze etc.).
  4. To cause (a horse or other large animal) to lie down with its legs underneath it.
  5. To add up (a column of figures, accounts etc.); cross-cast refers to adding up a row of figures.
  6. To assign a role in a play or performance to (an actor).
  7. To broadcast.
  8. To twist or warp (of fabric, timber etc.).
  9. To deposit (a ballot or voting paper); to formally register (one's vote).
  10. To give birth to (a child) prematurely; to miscarry.
  11. To set (a bone etc.) in a cast.
  12. To assign (a role in a play or performance).
  13. To open a circle in order to begin a spell or meeting of witches.
  14. To shape (molten metal etc.) by pouring into a mould; to make (an object) in such a way.
  15. To perform, bring forth (a magical spell or enchantment).
  16. To vomit.
  17. To calculate the astrological value of (a horoscope, birth etc.).
  18. To throw down or aside.
  19. (physical) To move, or be moved, away.
  20. To remove, take off (clothes).
  21. To stereotype or electrotype.
  22. To change a variable type from, for example, integer to real, or integer to text.
  23. To impose; to bestow; to rest.
  24. To heave the lead and line in order to ascertain the depth of water.
  25. To throw up, as a mound, or rampart.
  26. To throw.
  27. Of dogs, hunters: to spread out and search for a scent.
  28. To throw forward (a fishing line, net etc.) into the sea.
  29. To throw out or emit; to exhale.
  30. To bring the bows of a sailing ship on to the required tack just as the anchor is weighed by use of the headsail; to bring (a ship) round.
  31. To turn (the balance or scale); to overbalance; hence, to make preponderate; to decide.
  32. To defeat in a lawsuit; to decide against; to convict.
  33. To consider; to turn or revolve in the mind; to plan.
  34. To plan, intend.
  35. (social) To predict, to decide, to plan.


  1. The casting procedure.
  2. The collective group of actors performing a play or production together. Contrasted with crew.
  3. A squint.
  4. A small mass of earth "thrown off" or excreted by a worm.
  5. Something which has been thrown, dispersed etc.
  6. The mould used to make cast objects.
  7. An act of throwing.
  8. Visual appearance.
  9. Animal and insect remains which have been regurgitated by a bird.
  10. A broadcast.
  11. The form of one's thoughts, mind etc.
  12. An animal, especially a horse, that is unable to rise without assistance.
  13. A group of crabs.
  14. An object made in a mould.
  15. The number of hawks (or occasionally other birds) cast off at one time; a pair.
  16. A supportive and immobilising device used to help mend broken bones.
  17. An instance of throwing out a fishing line.


  1. A surname​.

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