cast
   1. to give birth prematurely
   Standard English of quadrupeds, from the meaning to cause to fall:
    Just a pair still-born at the hinner een' Puir dwarfed last anes, Wee, deid, cast anes. (Lumsden, 1892, writing about lambs: hinner een' means latter end)
   Whence two obsolete punning phrases of bipeds, both meaning 'to give birth while unmarried'. To cast a girth used equestrian imagery, and to cast a laggin (or leglin) girth came from the spilling of the staves of a tub when the hoop round them is displaced:
    ... slipping a foot, casting a leglin-girth or the like. (W. Scott, 1822)
   2. obsolete
   to use magical powers of divination
   If you were cast for death, you had not been selected to play Julius Caesar but were terminally ill:
    He's cassen her planets, and he's sure she'll dee. (E. Peacock, 1870)

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  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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