/kas"ting, kah"sting/, n.1. the act or process of a person or thing that casts.2. something cast; any article that has been cast in a mold.3. the act or process of choosing actors to play the various roles in a theatrical production, motion picture, etc.4. the act or skill of throwing a fishing line out over the water by means of a rod and reel: I'll have to improve my casting if I'm ever going to learn to fish well.5. Zool. cast (def. 70).[1250-1300; ME; see CAST1, -ING1]
* * *IThe process was well established in the Bronze Age, when it was used to form bronze pieces now found in museums. It is particularly valuable for the economical production of complex shapes, ranging from mass-produced parts for automobiles to one-of-a–kind production of statues, jewelry, or massive machinery. Most steel and iron castings (see cast iron) are poured into silica sand. For metals of lower melting point, such as aluminum or zinc, molds can be made of another metal or of sand. See also die casting, founding, investment casting, lost-wax casting, patternmaking.II(as used in expressions)lost wax casting
* * *in the metal and plastics industry, the process whereby molten material is poured or forced into a mold and allowed to harden. See founding.
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