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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Lot \Lot\ (l[o^]t), n. [AS. hlot; akin to hle['i]tan to cast lots, OS. hl[=o]t lot, D. lot, G. loos, OHG. l[=o]z, Icel. hlutr, Sw. lott, Dan. lod, Goth. hlauts. Cf. Allot, Lotto, Lottery.] [1913 Webster] 1. That which happens without human design or forethought; chance; accident; hazard; fortune; fate. [1913 Webster] But save my life, which lot before your foot doth lay. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] 2. Anything (as a die, pebble, ball, or slip of paper) used in determining a question by chance, or without man's choice or will; as, to cast or draw lots. [1913 Webster] The lot is cast into the lap, but the whole disposing thereof is of the Lord. --Prov. xvi. 33. [1913 Webster] If we draw lots, he speeds. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. The part, or fate, which falls to one, as it were, by chance, or without his planning. [1913 Webster] O visions ill foreseen! Each day's lot's Enough to bear. --Milton. [1913 Webster] He was but born to try The lot of man -- to suffer and to die. --Pope. [1913 Webster] 4. A separate portion; a number of things taken collectively; all objects sold in a single purchase transaction; as, a lot of stationery; -- colloquially, sometimes of people; as, a sorry lot; a bad lot. [1913 Webster] I, this winter, met with a very large lot of English heads, chiefly of the reign of James I. --Walpole. [1913 Webster] 5. A distinct portion or plot of land, usually smaller than a field; as, a building lot in a city. [1913 Webster] The defendants leased a house and lot in the city of New York. --Kent. [1913 Webster] 6. A large quantity or number; a great deal; as, to spend a lot of money; to waste a lot of time on line; lots of people think so. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster] He wrote to her . . . he might be detained in London by a lot of business. --W. Black. [1913 Webster] 7. A prize in a lottery. [Obs.] --Evelyn. [1913 Webster] To cast in one's lot with, to share the fortunes of. To cast lots, to use or throw a die, or some other instrument, by the unforeseen turn or position of which, an event is by previous agreement determined. To draw lots, to determine an event, or make a decision, by drawing one thing from a number whose marks are concealed from the drawer. To pay scot and lot, to pay taxes according to one's ability. See Scot. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Cast \Cast\ (k[.a]st), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Cast; p. pr. & vb. n. Casting.] [Cf. Dan. kaste, Icel. & Sw. kasta; perh. akin to L. gerere to bear, carry. E. jest.] 1. To send or drive by force; to throw; to fling; to hurl; to impel. [1913 Webster] Uzziah prepared . . . slings to cast stones. --2 Chron. xxvi. 14. [1913 Webster] Cast thy garment about thee, and follow me. --Acts. xii. 8. [1913 Webster] We must be cast upon a certain island. --Acts. xxvii. 26. [1913 Webster] 2. To direct or turn, as the eyes. [1913 Webster] How earnestly he cast his eyes upon me! --Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. To drop; to deposit; as, to cast a ballot. [1913 Webster] 4. To throw down, as in wrestling. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 5. To throw up, as a mound, or rampart. [1913 Webster] Thine enemies shall cast a trench [bank] about thee. --Luke xix. 48. [1913 Webster] 6. To throw off; to eject; to shed; to lose. [1913 Webster] His filth within being cast. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Neither shall your vine cast her fruit. --Mal. iii. 11 [1913 Webster] The creatures that cast the skin are the snake, the viper, etc. --Bacon. [1913 Webster] 7. To bring forth prematurely; to slink. [1913 Webster] Thy she-goats have not cast their young. --Gen. xxi. 38. [1913 Webster] 8. To throw out or emit; to exhale. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] This . . . casts a sulphureous smell. --Woodward. [1913 Webster] 9. To cause to fall; to shed; to reflect; to throw; as, to cast a ray upon a screen; to cast light upon a subject. [1913 Webster] 10. To impose; to bestow; to rest. [1913 Webster] The government I cast upon my brother. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Cast thy burden upon the Lord. --Ps. iv. 22. [1913 Webster] 11. To dismiss; to discard; to cashier. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] The state can not with safety cast him. [1913 Webster] 12. To compute; to reckon; to calculate; as, to cast a horoscope. "Let it be cast and paid." --Shak. [1913 Webster] You cast the event of war, my noble lord. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 13. To contrive; to plan. [Archaic] [1913 Webster] The cloister . . . had, I doubt not, been cast for [an orange-house]. --Sir W. Temple. [1913 Webster] 14. To defeat in a lawsuit; to decide against; to convict; as, to be cast in damages. [1913 Webster] She was cast to be hanged. --Jeffrey. [1913 Webster] Were the case referred to any competent judge, they would inevitably be cast. --Dr. H. More. [1913 Webster] 15. To turn (the balance or scale); to overbalance; hence, to make preponderate; to decide; as, a casting voice. [1913 Webster] How much interest casts the balance in cases dubious! --South. [1913 Webster] 16. To form into a particular shape, by pouring liquid metal or other material into a mold; to fashion; to found; as, to cast bells, stoves, bullets. [1913 Webster] 17. (Print.) To stereotype or electrotype. [1913 Webster] 18. To fix, distribute, or allot, as the parts of a play among actors; also to assign (an actor) for a part. [1913 Webster] Our parts in the other world will be new cast. --Addison. [1913 Webster] To cast anchor (Naut.) See under Anchor. To cast a horoscope, to calculate it. To cast a horse, sheep, or other animal, to throw with the feet upwards, in such a manner as to prevent its rising again. To cast a shoe, to throw off or lose a shoe, said of a horse or ox. To cast aside, to throw or push aside; to neglect; to reject as useless or inconvenient. To cast away. (a) To throw away; to lavish; to waste. "Cast away a life" --Addison. (b) To reject; to let perish. "Cast away his people." --Rom. xi. 1. "Cast one away." --Shak. (c) To wreck. "Cast away and sunk." --Shak. To cast by, to reject; to dismiss or discard; to throw away. To cast down, to throw down; to destroy; to deject or depress, as the mind. "Why art thou cast down. O my soul?" --Ps. xiii. 5. To cast forth, to throw out, or eject, as from an inclosed place; to emit; to send out. To cast in one's lot with, to share the fortunes of. To cast in one's teeth, to upbraid or abuse one for; to twin. To cast lots. See under Lot. To cast off. (a) To discard or reject; to drive away; to put off; to free one's self from. (b) (Hunting) To leave behind, as dogs; also, to set loose, or free, as dogs. --Crabb. (c) (Naut.) To untie, throw off, or let go, as a rope. To cast off copy, (Print.), to estimate how much printed matter a given amount of copy will make, or how large the page must be in order that the copy may make a given number of pages. To cast one's self on or To cast one's self upon to yield or submit one's self unreservedly to, as to the mercy of another. To cast out, to throw out; to eject, as from a house; to cast forth; to expel; to utter. To cast the lead (Naut.), to sound by dropping the lead to the bottom. To cast the water (Med.), to examine the urine for signs of disease. [Obs.]. To cast up. (a) To throw up; to raise. (b) To compute; to reckon, as the cost. (c) To vomit. (d) To twit with; to throw in one's teeth. [1913 Webster]