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upcast

[uhp-kast, -kahst] /ˈʌpˌkæst, -ˌkɑst/
noun
1.
an act of casting upward.
2.
the state of being cast upward.
3.
something that is cast or thrown up, as soil or earth in digging.
4.
a shaft or passage up which air passes, as from a mine (opposed to downcast).
adjective
5.
cast up; directed or thrown upward:
The child looked at her father with upcast eyes.
verb (used with object), upcast, upcasting.
6.
to cast up or upward.
Origin of upcast
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English upcasten (v.). See up-, cast
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  • One of the working galleries in connexion with the upcast and downcast.

    The Boy's Playbook of Science John Henry Pepper
  • But there was not one of them whose eyes were not upcast at Zuleika.

    Zuleika Dobson Max Beerbohm
  • I should require to know the temperature of the shafts respectively, and the height of the upcast shaft.

    Facing Death G. A. Henty
  • The upcast reflection of a lamp and shade, an inconstant series of concentric circles of varying gradations of light and shadow.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • I see one of the cages is at bank, and the force of the explosion is in the upcast shaft.

    Facing Death G. A. Henty
  • Caleb's gentle frown was the upcast of paternal bewilderment, partly prideful, partly disconcerting.

    The Quickening Francis Lynde
  • The fire should be kept as thin and bright as possible, to reduce the amount of smoke in the upcast.

  • As soon as this cry was upcast, to the hall came clerks out of Chaldea, witches and diviners, sorcerers and exorcists.

  • A dislocation is spoken of as a downthrow or an upcast, according to the direction in which it is approached.

    Geology James Geikie
British Dictionary definitions for upcast

upcast

/ˈʌpˌkɑːst/
noun
1.
material cast or thrown up
2.
a ventilation shaft through which air leaves a mine Compare downcast (sense 3)
3.
(geology) (in a fault) the section of strata that has been displaced upwards
adjective
4.
directed or thrown upwards
verb -casts, -casting, -cast
5.
(transitive) to throw or cast up
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