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See also: side-cast and side cast


Alternative forms[edit]


side +‎ cast


sidecast (third-person singular simple present sidecasts, present participle sidecasting, simple past sidecasted, past participle sidecast)

  1. (engineering) To eject waste material that has been excavated or dredged to the side, rather than hauling it away.
    • 1976, Barbers Point Harbor, Oahu: Environmental Impact Statement:
      The dragline sidecasts material into a 'wet' stockpile located on-shore, immediately adjacent to the excavation.
    • 1997, Juneau Access Improvements: Environmental Impact Statement:
      Areas where sidecasting would be done are typically steep.
    • 2005, United States Environmental Protection Agency: Environmental Appeals Board, Environmental administrative decisions:
      According to the record, this piece of equipment rides on tracks (similar to a bulldozer) rather than on wheels, and it sidecasts excavated material directly into a dump truck.
  2. (fishing) To cast a fishing line at an angle of 90 degrees using a special type of reel that rotates on its rod.
    • 2015, Ana Veciana-Suarez, Birthday Parties in Heaven, →ISBN:
      I bait his hook with a plump and squirmy shrimp. With one arm, he sidecasts between two spindly roots.


sidecast (countable and uncountable, plural sidecasts)

  1. (engineering) Debris left next to a construction site from sidecasting.
    • 1994, Lamefoot Mine Environmental Impact Statement, Supplement to the Kettle River Key Project Expansion:
      In areas of moderate slopes, recontouring can be accomplished by salvaging sidecast deposited during road construction.
    • 1997, Final Environmental Impact Statement: Umpqua National Forest (N.F.), Stewart Mining Operation:
      The site does not conflict with the proposed road right-of-way, but could be indirectly impacted by sidecast or disturbance of hydrologic flow. Sidecast would impact the site by permanently disturbing habitat and/or eliminating plants.
    • 2006, Rattan Lal, Encyclopedia of Soil Science - Volume 2, →ISBN, page 1380:
      In contrast, tree growth has been found to be higher on displaced material such as berms and sidecasts compared with the harvested undisturbed soils.
    • 2007, Klamath Hydroelectric Project, FERC Project No. 2080-027, Oregon and California:
      Removing the sidecast barrier material also could facilitate passage of rainbow trout through the reach to access spawning and rearing habitat and the portion of the spring-water fed thermal refugia that are upstream of the sidecast barrier.
  2. (engineering) A mode of using a suction dredge that sidecasts the material that is dredged up using a pipeline to the bank or by jetting.
    • 1979, Lockwoods Folly Inlet: Environmental Impact Statement, page 35:
      Accordingly, alternative dredge plants were analyzed, including pipeline, hopper, and the conventional sidecast dredge.
  3. (fishing) A type of reel with a spool that rotates on a fixed base through 90 degrees to allow sidecasting.
    • 2005, Gary Brown, Beach and Rock Fishing, →ISBN:
      When fishing for drummer off the rocks with a sidecast reel, have the drag set at about 50 per cent of the breaking strain to start with.
    • 2010, Steve Starling, Fishing For Dummies, →ISBN:
      Giving the design even more of an Aussie edge, the name of the largest Australian manufacturer of sidecasts — Alvey — has become a generic title for this type of reel, just as Esky has come to mean insulated cooler.
  4. (drafting) A calculation or figure that is listed in a table beside a drawing that gives a value which cannot be read directly from the drawing.
    • 1999, Paul K. Marsden, Basic Building Measurement, →ISBN, page 12:
      The first sub-column is used as a factor column, the second for take-off figures, the third for extensions, the fourth for locations, and the fifth for sidecasts.
    • 2013, Sean D. C. Ostrowski, Measurement using the New Rules of Measurement, →ISBN:
      Calculate the 'sidecasts' that are likely to be used, e.g. centre lines, floor to ceiling heights, room dimensions.