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Casting net


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Casting net a net which is cast and drawn, in distinction from a net that is set and left.
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Cast your net widely - If you cast your net widely, you use a wide range of sources when trying to find something.


In literature:

My drag net was ready, and the time had come to cast it.
"Princess Zara" by Ross Beeckman
Now Nelsen and Ramos cast off the loaded nets they had been towing, and closed in on this strange pair.
"The Planet Strappers" by Raymond Zinke Gallun
I dreamt that I was casting a net and had caught a great fish, which began to burst the net.
"Hero-Myths & Legends of the British Race" by Maud Isabel Ebbutt
They also caught plenty of sturgeon or shovel fish when they cast in their nets.
"Heroes of the Middle West" by Mary Hartwell Catherwood
Cast their nets where they would, not a single fish came in.
"Granny's Wonderful Chair" by Frances Browne
Out amid the sparkling waves the ships sailed toward the sun, and the fishermen cast their nets.
"Japanese Fairy World" by William Elliot Griffis
Having cast on 400 stitches, in the color you intend first to use, net twenty-three rows in plain netting.
"The Ladies' Work-Table Book" by Anonymous
So off she went to the place where the fishermen were casting their nets.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various
A single cast of his nets may bring him in thirty guineas and more.
"Leading Articles on Various Subjects" by Hugh Miller
Sometimes he went out with Kalliope's lover in the largest island boat and watched the casting of nets.
"The Island Mystery" by George A. Birmingham
The result was that she cast her net no more, but devoted herself thenceforth with tender consecration to her important catch.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
The third net (c) has eleven loops cast onto the original circle; the technique of tying is the same, but the mesh gauge of 1 to 1.5 cm.
"A Burial Cave in Baja California" by William C. Massey
The verbal casting-net is thrown in vain over these evanescent, inferential relations.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 16 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
He casts his hooks and nets only when the spirit moves him, and is not impelled to the sea by sordid motives.
"The So-called Human Race" by Bert Leston Taylor
Neil is casting his net vera prudently, nae doubt.
"Christine" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
All were peacefully occupied at their casting nets, fishing.
"The Adventures of the U-202" by E. Spiegel
Casts up his nets, and there we panting die.
"Library of the World's Best literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 12" by Various
My net is cast, and no one can escape.
"A Struggle for Rome, v. 3" by Felix Dahn
Again, he told them, the kingdom of heaven is like to a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind.
"The Bible Story" by Rev. Newton Marshall Hall
The casting of this vast net was followed by similar action in Germany and Austria, though, perhaps, with less result.
"Above the Battle" by Romain Rolland

In poetry:

The fisher in the lake below
Durst never cast his net,
Nor ever swallow in its waves
Her passing wings would wet.
"Donica - A Ballad" by Robert Southey
And mind its mantle dreamy net
Cast o'er them all and holds them fast.
In warp and woof of thought are set,
Earth, hells, and heavens, or worst or best.
"The Song Of The Free" by Swami Vivekananda
But while my errant feet were set
On mosses cool and sweet,
The great grey phantoms brooding met
Within the shades, and cast a net
With dreary charms about my feet.
"The Faun" by John Le Gay Brereton
Only an anguished melody still flows
From earth where hazes cast a veiling net . . .
In every nook the faded beauty stows
Her faded blooms, lest springtide she forget.
"October Sonnet" by Josef Svatopluk Machar
Weep, sleep, be merry, vault the gate
Or down the evening furrow plod,
Hate, and at length withhold your hate,
Rule, or be ruled by certain fate,
But cast no net for God.
"Knowledge Of God" by Robert Graves
But I cast my net with never a fear, tho wraiths in me
And birds of wild unrest were stirring and starting and crying.
For I knew that under the sway of every sea
There is calm lying.
"Imperturbable" by Cale Young Rice

In news:

I had a difficult time finding finger mullet with my cast net and that gave me a late start fishing.
You have to cast a very wide net and try to target diverse areas.
The team filming this event believe this is the first slow-motion footage to show a net-casting spider hunting in the wild.
Ryan said he's still looking for candidates after casting a wide net at last week's winter meetings.
Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi has cast a net for a PR agency as NATO forces continue to bomb his country in support of a rebel insurgency.
The search by Boston-based firm Carney, Sandoe & Associates will cast a wider net and is expected to draw more interest.
New Hampshire Fish and Game officials are casting their nets for some avid anglers to volunteer as instructors in the "Let's Go Fishing" program.
Dong Zizhou casts his fishing net from the shore and fixes his gaze on a stand of 15 unfinished skyscrapers rising like concrete skeletons beside the Hai River, heralding China's ambition to develop the world's largest financial centre.
OTC 2010 cast a 'bigger net ' this year, seeking diversity, Program Chair Khurana says.
Electronic musician casts wide, patriotic net on new album.
We got our shad below the dam with a cast net.
The crew is going to cast a large net, pump it into their boat and barge.
Google casts a wide net when it comes to researching projects that are a bit closer to the cutting edge than email and search.
While Gov Bobby Jindal might be casting a large net for his education reform package, it has so far failed to snare anything related to school discipline.
Casting a wide net isn't the most efficient way for litigators to work through the discovery process.

In science:

One motivation for replacing causal sense views of information with semantic-sense views is that the causal sense of information appears to cast too broad of a net.
The transmission sense of information
Casting polymer nets to optimize noisy molecular codes.
A colorful origin for the genetic code: Information theory, statistical mechanics and the emergence of molecular codes
We observe that although the electricity demand has a relative regular pattern for prediction, the net electricity demand inherits a large degree of variability from the wind generation, casting a challenge for accurate prediction.
Online Energy Generation Scheduling for Microgrids with Intermittent Energy Sources and Co-Generation
As the Inspiral Analysis Group moves forward, they will be casting a broader net and include searches for binary black holes with masses greater than 3MSun .
Matters of Gravity, the newsletter of the Topical Group in Gravitation of the American Physical Society