cast·​er ˈka-stər How to pronounce caster (audio)
: one that casts
especially : a machine that casts type
or castor
: a usually silver table vessel with a perforated top for sprinkling a seasoning (such as sugar or spice)
: a usually revolving metal stand bearing condiment containers (such as cruets, mustard pot, and often shakers) for table use : a cruet stand
: any of a set of wheels or rotating balls mounted in a swivel frame and used for the support and movement of furniture, trucks, and portable equipment
: the slight usually backward tilt from vertical of the axis of the steering mechanism of an automobile for giving directional stability to the front wheels

Examples of caster in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The handle locked confidently, and the 360-degree caster wheels rolled smoothly and turned on a dime. Theresa Holland, Travel + Leisure, 25 Mar. 2024 In a perfect world where carts were handled gently and utilized only indoors, the standard five-inch polyurethane shopping cart wheel could last between six and eight years, said Alvar Diaz, vice president of Sales and Marketing at wheel and caster manufacturing company P&H Casters. Eva Rothenberg, CNN, 17 Feb. 2024 Make your own by whisking together an egg yolk, a glass of brandy, and a teaspoon of caster sugar—then strain into a glass and balance with champagne. Hayley Maitland, Vogue, 23 Dec. 2023 The dual inclined caster wheels -- that also light up -- provide countless hours of 360-degree spins, turns, and drifts. The View, ABC News, 13 Dec. 2023 Basic meringue is egg whites, caster sugar, cream of tartar, salt and flavoring and the sugar is added in increments while the egg whites are whipping. Paige Grandjean, Southern Living, 3 Nov. 2023 This simple steel stand features four retractable caster wheels that expand to offer more stability for trees of different sizes. Casey Clark, Better Homes & Gardens, 21 Nov. 2023 There will be another caster class added with Dawntrail, which likely won’t be revealed until the Japan Fan Festival event in January 2024. Ash Parrish, The Verge, 23 Oct. 2023 Just remember to take the casters off before your toddler can push it around. Jessica Hartshorn, Good Housekeeping, 28 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of caster was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Caster.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


cast·​er ˈkas-tər How to pronounce caster (audio)
: one that casts
or castor : a small container (as for salt) with a top having small holes
: a small wheel that turns freely and is used for the support and movement of furniture

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