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CAST, pret. And pp. cast.

1. To throw, fling or send that is, to drive from, by force, as from the hand, or from an engine.

Hagar cast the child under a shrub. Genesis 21 .

Uzziah prepared slings to cast stones. 2 Chronicles 26 .

2. To sow to scatter seed.

If a man should cast seen into the ground. Mark 4 .

3. To drive or impel by violence.

A mighty west wind cast the locusts into the sea. Exodus 10 .

4. To shed or throw off as, trees cast their fruit a serpent casts his skin.
5. To throw or let fall as, to cast anchor. Hence, to east anchor is to moor, as a ship, the effect of casting the anchor.
6. To throw, as dice or lots as, to cast lots.
7. To throw on the ground, as in wrestling.
8. To throw away, as worthless.

His carcase was cast in the way. 1 Kings 13 .

9. To emit or throw out.

This casts a sulphurous smell.

10. To throw, to extend, as a trench or rampart, including the sense of digging, raising, or forming.

Thy enemies shall cast a trench about thee. Luke 19 .

11. To thrust as, to cast into prison.
12. To put, or set, in a particular state.

Both chariot and horse were cast into a dead sleep. Psalms 76 .

13. To condemn to convict as a criminal.

Both tried and both were cast.

14. To overcome in a suit, or in any contest of strength or skill as, to cast the defendant or an antagonist.
15. To cashier or discard.
16. To lay aside, as unfit for use to reject as a garment.
17. To make to preponderate to throw into one scale, for the purpose of giving it superior weight to decide by a vote that gives a superiority in numbers as, to cast the balance in ones favor a casting vote or voice.
18. To throw together several particulars, to find the sum as, to cast accounts. Hence, to throw together circumstances and facts, to find the result to compute to reckon to calculate as, to cast the event of war.

To cast and see how many things there are which a man cannot do himself.

19. To contrive to plan.
20. To judge, or to consider, in order to judge.
21. To fix, or distribute the parts of a play among the actors.
22. To throw, as the sight to direct, or turn, as the eye to glance as, to cast a look, or glance, or the eye.
23. To found to form into a particular shape, by pouring liquid metal into a mold to run as, to cast cannon.

Thou shalt cast four rings of gold for it. Exodus 25 .

24. Figuratively, to shape to form by a model.
25. To communicate to spread over as, to cast a luster upon posterity to cast splendor upon actions, or light upon a subject.

To cast aside, to dismiss or reject as useless or inconvenient.

To cast away, to reject. Leviticus 26 . Isaiah 5 . Romans 11 . Also, to throw away to lavish or waste by profusion to turn to no use as, to cast away life.

Also, to wreck, as a ship.

To cast by, to reject to dismiss or discard with neglect or hate, or as useless.

To cast down, to throw down to deject or depress the mind.

Why art thou cast down, O my soul. Psalms 42 .

To cast forth, to throw out, or eject, as from an inclosed place to emit, or send abroad to exhale.

To cast off, to discard or reject to drive away to put off to put away to disburden. Among huntsmen, to leave behind, as dogs to set loose, or free. Among seamen, to loose, or untie.

To cast out, to send forth to reject or turn out to throw out, as words to speak or give vent to.

To cast up, to compute to reckon to calculate as, to cast up accounts, or the cost. Also, to eject to vomit.

To cast on, to refer or resign to.

To cast ones self on, to resign or yield ones self to the disposal of, without reserve.

To cast young, to miscarry to suffer abortion. Genesis 32 .

To cast in the teeth, to upbraid to charge to twit. So in Danish, kaster in I noesen, to cast in the nose.


1. To throw forward, as the thoughts, with a view to some determination or to turn or revolve in the mind to contrive sometimes followed by about.

I cast in careful mind to seek her out. Spenser.

To cast about how to perform or obtain. Bacon.

2. To receive form or shape.

Metal will cast and mold.

3. To warp to twist from regular shape.

Stuff is said to cast or warp, when it alters its flatness or straightness.

Note. Cast, like throw and warp, implies a winding motion.

4. In seamens language, to fall off, or incline, so as to bring the side of a ship to the wind applied particularly to a ship riding with her head to the wind, when her anchor is first loosened.

CAST, n.

1. The act of casting a throw the thing thrown the form or state of throwing kind or manner of throwing.
2. The distance passed by a thing thrown or the space through which a thing thrown may ordinarily pass as, about a stones cast. Luke 22 .
3. A stroke a touch.

This was a cast of Woods politics.

4. Motion or turn of the eye direction, look or glance a squinting.

Thy let you see by one cast of the eye.

5. A throw of dice hence, a state of chance or hazard.

It is an even cast, whether the army should march this way or that way.

Hence the phrase, the last cast, is used to denote that all is ventured on one throw, or one effort.

6. Form shape.

A heroic poem in another cast.

7. A tinge a slight coloring, or slight degree of a color as a cast of green. Hence, a slight alteration in external appearance.

The native hue of resolution is sicklied oer with the pale cast of thought. Shak.

8. Manner air mien as, a peculiar cast of countenance. This sense implies, the turn or manner of throwing as, the neat cast f verse.
9. A flight a number of hawks let go at once.
10. A small statue of bronze.
11. Among founders, a tube of wax, fitted into a mold, to give shape to metal.
12. A cylindrical piece of brass or copper, slit in two lengthwise, to form a canal or conduit, in a mold, for conveying metal.
13. Among plumbers, a little brazen funnel, at one end of a mold, for casting pipes without sodering, by means of which the melted metal is poured into the mold.
14. A breed, race, lineage, kind, sort.
15. In Hindoostan, a tribe or class of the same rank or profession as the cast of Bramins, or priests of rajahs, or princes of choutres, or artificers and of parias, or poor people. Or according to some writers, of Bramins of cuttery, or soldiers of shuddery, or merchants and of wyse, or mechanics.

The four casts of the Hindoos are the Brahmins or sacred order the Chechteres or soldiers and rulers the Bice, Vaissya, or husbandmen and merchants and the Sooders, Sudras, or laborers and mechanics.

16. A trick.

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Material presented was supplied by Brandon Staggs and was derived from the KJV Dictionary found on his website located at
The unabridged 1828 version of this dictionary in the SwordSearcher Bible Software.

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