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cast (KAST) (verb)
1. To toss, pitch, throw, or fling something: Dave cast stones in an effort to make them skip on the surface of the lake.
2. To assign a theatrical performer to a part in a drama: Flora's sister was cast in the leading role by the director of the play.
cast (KAST) (noun)
1. An object made by pouring metal, clay, etc. into a mold and allowing it to become hard: Kirk and Kristy wanted to create a cast of an ancient clay pot so they poured the clay into the mold and allowed it to dry.
2. A group of actors participating in a play, movie, or theatrical performance: There was a party for the cast after the opening performance.
caste (KAST) (noun)
A social class, rank, or order: The caste system of India often prevented the lower caste of people from getting an education and better jobs.

Even though Lola's uncle was from the upper caste, he was active in the theater and was often cast in the part of a magician who could cast a ball up into the air and have it turn into a feather.

caste (s) (noun), castes (pl)
1. Any of the hereditary, endogamous social classes or subclasses of traditional Hindu society of India, stratified according to Hindu ritual purity, especially the Brahman, Kshatriya, Vaisya, and Sudra castes.
2. A social class separated from others by distinctions of hereditary rank, profession, or wealth.
3. A social system or the principle of grading society based on castes.
4. The social position or status conferred by a system based on castes.
5. A specialized level in a colony of social insects; such as, ants, in which the members, including workers or soldiers, carry out a specific function.
6. Etymology: "a race of men", from Latin casto, "chaste" from castus, "pure, cut off, separated"; past participle of carere, "to be cut off from".

The application to Hindu social groups picked up in India in the 17th century from Portuguese casta, "breed, race, caste"; from an earlier casta raca "unmixed race", from the same Latin word.

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In colonies of social insects, any group of individuals which are structurally and/or behaviorally distinct and perform specialized tasks; for example, the "soldiers" of termites and ants and the workers of hornets and honeybees.
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caste system
1. A rigid system of class distinction.
2. A form of stratification defined by unequal access to economic resources and prestige, which is acquired at birth and does not permit individuals to alter their rank.