casting the runes
What a guru does when you ask him or her to run a particular program because it never works for anyone else; especially used when nobody can ever see what the guru is doing different from what J. Random Luser does.
Compare incantation, runes, examining the entrails; also see the AI koan about Tom Knight.
the deciding vote of the presiding officer of a deliberative body, made when the other votes are equally divided. Historical Examples Brunowski took no part in the division, but had the right of a casting-vote. The Shadow of the Czar John R. Carling This Committee, by the casting-vote of its Chairman, has decided that I […]
a wheel having on its circumference molds for receiving molten metal.
a fortified, usually walled residence, as of a prince or noble in feudal times. the chief and strongest part of the fortifications of a medieval city. a strongly fortified, permanently garrisoned stronghold. a large and stately residence, especially one, with high walls and towers, that imitates the form of a medieval castle. any place providing […]
a fanciful or impractical notion or hope; daydream. Historical Examples Often while the lamp burnt low, and a horse-bell jangled sadly, they laughed together in a castle-in-the-air. To Tell You the Truth Leonard Merrick noun a hope or desire unlikely to be realized; daydream