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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
cast
n
  1. the actors in a play [syn: cast, cast of characters, dramatis personae]
  2. container into which liquid is poured to create a given shape when it hardens
    Synonym(s): mold, mould, cast
  3. the distinctive form in which a thing is made; "pottery of this cast was found throughout the region"
    Synonym(s): cast, mold, mould, stamp
  4. the visual appearance of something or someone; "the delicate cast of his features"
    Synonym(s): form, shape, cast
  5. bandage consisting of a firm covering (often made of plaster of Paris) that immobilizes broken bones while they heal
    Synonym(s): cast, plaster cast, plaster bandage
  6. object formed by a mold
    Synonym(s): cast, casting
  7. the act of throwing dice
    Synonym(s): cast, roll
  8. the act of throwing a fishing line out over the water by means of a rod and reel
    Synonym(s): casting, cast
  9. a violent throw
    Synonym(s): hurl, cast
v
  1. 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"
    Synonym(s): project, cast, contrive, throw
  2. deposit; "cast a vote"; "cast a ballot"
  3. 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"
  4. throw forcefully
    Synonym(s): hurl, hurtle, cast
  5. assign the roles of (a movie or a play) to actors; "Who cast this beautiful movie?"
  6. 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"
    Synonym(s): roll, wander, swan, stray, tramp, roam, cast, ramble, rove, range, drift, vagabond
  7. form by pouring (e.g., wax or hot metal) into a cast or mold; "cast a bronze sculpture"
    Synonym(s): cast, mold, mould
  8. get rid of; "he shed his image as a pushy boss"; "shed your clothes"
    Synonym(s): shed, cast, cast off, shake off, throw, throw off, throw away, drop
  9. choose at random; "draw a card"; "cast lots"
    Synonym(s): draw, cast
  10. formulate in a particular style or language; "I wouldn't put it that way"; "She cast her request in very polite language"
    Synonym(s): frame, redact, cast, put, couch
  11. 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"
    Synonym(s): vomit, vomit up, purge, cast, sick, cat, be sick, disgorge, regorge, retch, puke, barf, spew, spue, chuck, upchuck, honk, regurgitate, throw up
    Antonym(s): keep down
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Cast \Cast\ (k[adot]st), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Cast}; p. pr. &
      vb. n. {Casting}.] [Cf. Dan. kaste, Icel. & Sw. kasta; perh.
      akin to L. {gerere} to bear, carry. E. jest.]
      1. To send or drive by force; to throw; to fling; to hurl; to
            impel.
  
                     Uzziah prepared . . . slings to cast stones. --2
                                                                              Chron. xxvi.
                                                                              14.
  
                     Cast thy garment about thee, and follow me. --Acts.
                                                                              xii. 8.
  
                     We must be cast upon a certain island. --Acts.
                                                                              xxvii. 26.
  
      2. To direct or turn, as the eyes.
  
                     How earnestly he cast his eyes upon me! --Shak.
  
      3. To drop; to deposit; as, to cast a ballot.
  
      4. To throw down, as in wrestling. --Shak.
  
      5. To throw up, as a mound, or rampart.
  
                     Thine enemies shall cast a trench [bank] about thee.
                                                                              --Luke xix.
                                                                              48.
  
      6. To throw off; to eject; to shed; to lose.
  
                     His filth within being cast.               --Shak.
  
                     Neither shall your vine cast her fruit. --Mal. iii.
                                                                              11
  
                     The creatures that cast the skin are the snake, the
                     viper, etc.                                       --Bacon.
  
      7. To bring forth prematurely; to slink.
  
                     Thy she-goats have not cast their young. --Gen. xxi.
                                                                              38.
  
      8. To throw out or emit; to exhale. [Obs.]
  
                     This . . . casts a sulphureous smell. --Woodward.
  
      9. To cause to fall; to shed; to reflect; to throw; as, to
            cast a ray upon a screen; to cast light upon a subject.
  
      10. To impose; to bestow; to rest.
  
                     The government I cast upon my brother. --Shak.
  
                     Cast thy burden upon the Lord.         --Ps. iv. 22.
  
      11. To dismiss; to discard; to cashier. [Obs.]
  
                     The state can not with safety cast him.
  
      12. To compute; to reckon; to calculate; as, to cast a
            horoscope. [bd]Let it be cast and paid.[b8] --Shak.
  
                     You cast the event of war, my noble lord. --Shak.
  
      13. To contrive; to plan. [Archaic]
  
                     The cloister . . . had, I doubt not, been cast for
                     [an orange-house].                           --Sir W.
                                                                              Temple.
  
      14. To defeat in a lawsuit; to decide against; to convict;
            as, to be cast in damages.
  
                     She was cast to be hanged.               --Jeffrey.
  
                     Were the case referred to any competent judge, they
                     would inevitably be cast.                  --Dr. H. More.
  
      15. To turn (the balance or scale); to overbalance; hence, to
            make preponderate; to decide; as, a casting voice.
  
                     How much interest casts the balance in cases
                     dubious!                                          --South.
  
      16. To form into a particular shape, by pouring liquid metal
            or other material into a mold; to fashion; to found; as,
            to cast bells, stoves, bullets.
  
      17. (Print.) To stereotype or electrotype.
  
      18. To fix, distribute, or allot, as the parts of a play
            among actors; also to assign (an actor) for a part.
  
                     Our parts in the other world will be new cast.
                                                                              --Addison.
  
      {To cast anchor} (Naut.) See under {Anchor}.
  
      {To cast a horoscope}, to calculate it.
  
      {To cast a} {horse, sheep}, or other animal, to throw with
            the feet upwards, in such a manner as to prevent its
            rising again.
  
      {To cast a shoe}, to throw off or lose a shoe, said of a
            horse or ox.
  
      {To cast aside}, to throw or push aside; to neglect; to
            reject as useless or inconvenient.
  
      {To cast away}.
            (a) To throw away; to lavish; to waste. [bd]Cast away a
                  life[b8] --Addison.
            (b) To reject; to let perish. [bd]Cast away his
                  people.[b8] --Rom. xi. 1. [bd]Cast one away.[b8]
                  --Shak.
            (c) To wreck. [bd]Cast away and sunk.[b8] --Shak.
  
      {To cast by}, to reject; to dismiss or discard; to throw
            away.
  
      {To cast down}, to throw down; to destroy; to deject or
            depress, as the mind. [bd]Why art thou cast down. O my
            soul?[b8] --Ps. xiii. 5.
  
      {To cast forth}, to throw out, or eject, as from an inclosed
            place; to emit; to send out.
  
      {To cast in one's lot with}, to share the fortunes of.
  
      {To cast in one's teeth}, to upbraid or abuse one for; to
            twin.
  
      {To cast lots}. See under {Lot}.
  
      {To cast off}.
            (a) To discard or reject; to drive away; to put off; to
                  free one's self from.
            (b) (Hunting) To leave behind, as dogs; also, to set
                  loose, or free, as dogs. --Crabb.
            (c) (Naut.) To untie, throw off, or let go, as a rope.
  
      {To cast off copy}, (Print.), to estimate how much printed
            matter a given amount of copy will make, or how large the
            page must be in order that the copy may make a given
            number of pages.
  
      {To cast one's self} {on [or] upon} to yield or submit one's
            self unreservedly to, as to the mercy of another.
  
      {To cast out}, to throw out; to eject, as from a house; to
            cast forth; to expel; to utter.
  
      {To cast the lead} (Naut.), to sound by dropping the lead to
            the bottom.
  
      {To cast the water} (Med.), to examine the urine for signs of
            disease. [Obs.].
  
      {To cast up}.
            (a) To throw up; to raise.
            (b) To compute; to reckon, as the cost.
            (c) To vomit.
            (d) To twit with; to throw in one's teeth.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Cast \Cast\,
      3d pres. of {Cast}, for Casteth. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Cast \Cast\, n. [Cf. Icel., Dan., & Sw. kast.]
      1. The act of casting or throwing; a throw.
  
      2. The thing thrown.
  
                     A cast of dreadful dust.                     --Dryden.
  
      3. The distance to which a thing is or can be thrown.
            [bd]About a stone's cast.[b8] --Luke xxii. 41.
  
      4. A throw of dice; hence, a chance or venture.
  
                     An even cast whether the army should march this way
                     or that way. --Sowth.
  
                     I have set my life upon a cast, And I will stand the
                     hazard of the die.                              --Shak.
  
      5. That which is throw out or off, shed, or ejected; as, the
            skin of an insect, the refuse from a hawk's stomach, the
            excrement of a earthworm.
  
      6. The act of casting in a mold.
  
                     And why such daily cast of brazen cannon. --Shak.
  
      7. An impression or mold, taken from a thing or person;
            amold; a pattern.
  
      8. That which is formed in a mild; esp. a reproduction or
            copy, as of a work of art, in bronze or plaster, etc.; a
            casting.
  
      9. Form; appearence; mien; air; style; as, a peculiar cast of
            countenance. [bd]A neat cast of verse.[b8] --Pope.
  
                     An heroic poem, but in another cast and figure.
                                                                              --Prior.
  
                     And thus the native hue of resolution Is sicklied
                     o'er with the pale cast of thought.   --Shak.
  
      10. A tendency to any color; a tinge; a shade.
  
                     Gray with a cast of green.               --Woodward.
  
      11. A chance, opportunity, privilege, or advantage;
            specifically, an opportunity of riding; a lift. [Scotch]
  
                     We bargained with the driver to give us a cast to
                     the next stage.                                 --Smollett.
  
                     If we had the cast o' a cart to bring it. --Sir W.
                                                                              Scott.
  
      12. The assignment of parts in a play to the actors.
  
      13. (Falconary) A flight or a couple or set of hawks let go
            at one time from the hand. --Grabb.
  
                     As when a cast of falcons make their flight.
                                                                              --Spenser.
  
      14. A stoke, touch, or trick. [Obs.]
  
                     This was a cast of Wood's politics; for his
                     information was wholly false.            --Swift.
  
      15. A motion or turn, as of the eye; direction; look; glance;
            squint.
  
                     The cast of the eye is a gesture of aversion.
                                                                              --Bacon.
  
                     And let you see with one cast of an eye. --Addison.
  
                     This freakish, elvish cast came into the child's
                     eye.                                                --Hawthorne.
  
      16. A tube or funnel for conveying metal into a mold.
  
      17. Four; that is, as many as are thrown into a vessel at
            once in counting herrings, etc; a warp.
  
      18. Contrivance; plot, design. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
  
      {A cast of the eye}, a slight squint or strabismus.
  
      {Renal cast} (Med.), microscopic bodies found in the urine of
            persons affected with disease of the kidneys; -- so called
            because they are formed of matter deposited in, and
            preserving the outline of, the renal tubes.
  
      {The last cast}, the last throw of the dice or last effort,
            on which every thing is ventured; the last chance.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Cast \Cast\, v. i.
      1. To throw, as a line in angling, esp, with a fly hook.
  
      2. (Naut.) To turn the head of a vessel around from the wind
            in getting under weigh.
  
                     Weigh anchor, cast to starboard.         --Totten.
  
      3. To consider; to turn or revolve in the mind; to plan; as,
            to cast about for reasons.
  
                     She . . . cast in her mind what manner of salution
                     this should be.                                 --Luke. i. 29.
  
      4. To calculate; to compute. [R.]
  
                     Who would cast and balance at a desk. --Tennyson.
  
      5. To receive form or shape in a mold.
  
                     It will not run thin, so as to cast and mold.
                                                                              --Woodward.
  
      6. To warp; to become twisted out of shape.
  
                     Stuff is said to cast or warp when . . . it alters
                     its flatness or straightness.            --Moxon.
  
      7. To vomit.
  
                     These verses . . . make me ready to cast. --B.
                                                                              Jonson.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Gun \Gun\, n. [OE. gonne, gunne; of uncertain origin; cf. Ir.,
      {Gael}.) A LL. gunna, W. gum; possibly (like cannon) fr. L.
      canna reed, tube; or abbreviated fr. OF. mangonnel, E.
      mangonel, a machine for hurling stones.]
      1. A weapon which throws or propels a missile to a distance;
            any firearm or instrument for throwing projectiles by the
            explosion of gunpowder, consisting of a tube or barrel
            closed at one end, in which the projectile is placed, with
            an explosive charge behind, which is ignited by various
            means. Muskets, rifles, carbines, and fowling pieces are
            smaller guns, for hand use, and are called {small arms}.
            Larger guns are called {cannon}, {ordnance},
            {fieldpieces}, {carronades}, {howitzers}, etc. See these
            terms in the Vocabulary.
  
                     As swift as a pellet out of a gunne When fire is in
                     the powder runne.                              --Chaucer.
  
                     The word gun was in use in England for an engine to
                     cast a thing from a man long before there was any
                     gunpowder found out.                           --Selden.
  
      2. (Mil.) A piece of heavy ordnance; in a restricted sense, a
            cannon.
  
      3. pl. (Naut.) Violent blasts of wind.
  
      Note: Guns are classified, according to their construction or
               manner of loading as {rifled} or {smoothbore},
               {breech-loading} or {muzzle-loading}, {cast} or
               {built-up guns}; or according to their use, as {field},
               {mountain}, {prairie}, {seacoast}, and {siege guns}.
  
      {Armstrong gun}, a wrought iron breech-loading cannon named
            after its English inventor, Sir William Armstrong.
  
      {Great gun}, a piece of heavy ordnance; hence (Fig.), a
            person superior in any way.
  
      {Gun barrel}, the barrel or tube of a gun.
  
      {Gun carriage}, the carriage on which a gun is mounted or
            moved.
  
      {Gun cotton} (Chem.), a general name for a series of
            explosive nitric ethers of cellulose, obtained by steeping
            cotton in nitric and sulphuric acids. Although there are
            formed substances containing nitric acid radicals, yet the
            results exactly resemble ordinary cotton in appearance. It
            burns without ash, with explosion if confined, but quietly
            and harmlessly if free and open, and in small quantity.
            Specifically, the lower nitrates of cellulose which are
            insoluble in ether and alcohol in distinction from the
            highest (pyroxylin) which is soluble. See {Pyroxylin}, and
            cf. {Xyloidin}. The gun cottons are used for blasting and
            somewhat in gunnery: for making celluloid when compounded
            with camphor; and the soluble variety (pyroxylin) for
            making collodion. See {Celluloid}, and {Collodion}. Gun
            cotton is frequenty but improperly called nitrocellulose.
            It is not a nitro compound, but an ethereal salt of nitric
            acid.
  
      {Gun deck}. See under {Deck}.
  
      {Gun fire}, the time at which the morning or the evening gun
            is fired.
  
      {Gun metal}, a bronze, ordinarily composed of nine parts of
            copper and one of tin, used for cannon, etc. The name is
            also given to certain strong mixtures of cast iron.
  
      {Gun port} (Naut.), an opening in a ship through which a
            cannon's muzzle is run out for firing.
  
      {Gun tackle} (Naut.), the blocks and pulleys affixed to the
            side of a ship, by which a gun carriage is run to and from
            the gun port.
  
      {Gun tackle purchase} (Naut.), a tackle composed of two
            single blocks and a fall. --Totten.
  
      {Krupp gun}, a wrought steel breech-loading cannon, named
            after its German inventor, Herr Krupp.
  
      {Machine gun}, a breech-loading gun or a group of such guns,
            mounted on a carriage or other holder, and having a
            reservoir containing cartridges which are loaded into the
            gun or guns and fired in rapid succession, sometimes in
            volleys, by machinery operated by turning a crank. Several
            hundred shots can be fired in a minute with accurate aim.
            The {Gatling gun}, {Gardner gun}, {Hotchkiss gun}, and
            {Nordenfelt gun}, named for their inventors, and the
            French {mitrailleuse}, are machine guns.
  
      {To blow great guns} (Naut.), to blow a gale. See {Gun}, n.,
            3.

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (15Feb98) [foldoc]:
   CAST
  
      {Computer Aided Software Testing}
  
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (15Feb98) [foldoc]:
   cast
  
      {explicit type conversion}
  
  
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