The last cast

The last cast
Cast Cast, n. [Cf. Icel., Dan., & Sw. kast.] 1. The act of casting or throwing; a throw. [1913 Webster]

2. The thing thrown. [1913 Webster]

A cast of dreadful dust. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

3. The distance to which a thing is or can be thrown. ``About a stone's cast.'' --Luke xxii. 41. [1913 Webster]

4. A throw of dice; hence, a chance or venture. [1913 Webster]

An even cast whether the army should march this way or that way. --Sowth. [1913 Webster]

I have set my life upon a cast, And I will stand the hazard of the die. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

6. The act of casting in a mold. [1913 Webster]

And why such daily cast of brazen cannon. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

7. An impression or mold, taken from a thing or person; amold; a pattern. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

9. Form; appearence; mien; air; style; as, a peculiar cast of countenance. ``A neat cast of verse.'' --Pope. [1913 Webster]

An heroic poem, but in another cast and figure. --Prior. [1913 Webster]

And thus the native hue of resolution Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

10. A tendency to any color; a tinge; a shade. [1913 Webster]

Gray with a cast of green. --Woodward. [1913 Webster]

11. A chance, opportunity, privilege, or advantage; specifically, an opportunity of riding; a lift. [Scotch] [1913 Webster]

We bargained with the driver to give us a cast to the next stage. --Smollett. [1913 Webster]

If we had the cast o' a cart to bring it. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

12. The assignment of parts in a play to the actors. [1913 Webster]

13. (Falconary) A flight or a couple or set of hawks let go at one time from the hand. --Grabb. [1913 Webster]

As when a cast of falcons make their flight. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

14. A stoke, touch, or trick. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

This was a cast of Wood's politics; for his information was wholly false. --Swift. [1913 Webster]

15. A motion or turn, as of the eye; direction; look; glance; squint. [1913 Webster]

The cast of the eye is a gesture of aversion. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

And let you see with one cast of an eye. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

This freakish, elvish cast came into the child's eye. --Hawthorne. [1913 Webster]

16. A tube or funnel for conveying metal into a mold. [1913 Webster]

17. Four; that is, as many as are thrown into a vessel at once in counting herrings, etc; a warp. [1913 Webster]

18. Contrivance; plot, design. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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