downcast

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

down +‎ cast

Adjective[edit]

downcast (comparative more downcast, superlative most downcast)

  1. (of eyes) Looking downwards.
    • Dryden
      'Tis love, said she; and then my downcast eyes, / And guilty dumbness, witnessed my surprise.
  2. (of a person) Feeling despondent.

Translations[edit]

Noun[edit]

downcast (plural downcasts)

  1. (computing) A cast from supertype to subtype.
  2. (obsolete) A melancholy look.
    • Beaumont and Fletcher
      That downcast of thine eye.
  3. (mining) A ventilating shaft down which the air passes in circulating through a mine.

Verb[edit]

downcast (third-person singular simple present downcasts, present participle downcasting, simple past and past participle downcast or downcasted)

  1. (transitive, obsolete) To cast or throw up; to turn upward.
  2. (transitive, Scotland) To taunt; to reproach; to upbraid.
  3. (transitive, computing) To cast from supertype to subtype.