a. The act or process of making casts or molds.
b. Something cast in a mold.
2. The act of throwing a fishing line or net.
3. Something cast off or out.
4. often castings A piece of excrement produced by an earthworm.
5. The selection of actors or performers for the parts of a presentation.
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