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casting (n.)

c. 1300, "a throwing," verbal noun from cast (v.). From early 15c. as "the casting of metal, the act or process of founding;" 1788 as "a metal casting, that which has been formed by running molten metal into a mold of a desired form."  Theatrical sense is from 1814. Casting couch "divan in a Hollywood casting directors office," with suggestion of sexual favors in exchange for a role in a picture is by 1948.

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Definitions of casting

casting (n.)
the act of creating something by casting it in a mold;
Synonyms: molding
casting (n.)
the choice of actors to play particular roles in a play or movie;
casting (n.)
object formed by a mold;
Synonyms: cast
casting (n.)
the act of throwing a fishing line out over the water by means of a rod and reel;
Synonyms: cast
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