cast·​er | \ˈkas-tər \

Definition of caster 

1 : one that casts especially : a machine that casts type

2 or castor \ -​tər \

a : a usually silver table vessel with a perforated top for sprinkling a seasoning (such as sugar or spice)

b : a usually revolving metal stand bearing condiment containers (such as cruets, mustard pot, and often shakers) for table use : a cruet stand

3 : 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

4 : 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

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Finding clear water is the key to success for trollers and lure casters for striped bass, and there have been some huge fish caught and released in the north Delta on glide baits. sacbee, "Fishing line: Lake Tahoe is full, the Delta is dirty and several rivers close | The Sacramento Bee," 9 Apr. 2018 There’s a blast furnace, but there is also the production of pig iron, an intermediate product; the continuous caster, which creates large slabs; and the rolling mill, which flattens those slabs to a customer’s specifications. Glenn Kessler, Washington Post, "President Trump announces a major U.S. Steel expansion — that isn’t happening," 28 June 2018 There's a blast furnace, but there is also the production of pig iron, an intermediate product; the continuous caster, which creates large slabs; and the rolling mill, which flattens those slabs to a customer's specifications. Glenn Kessler,, "President Trump announces a major U.S. Steel expansion that isn't happening," 28 June 2018 Strawberries in Red Wine Syrup Serves 6 500g strawberries Zest of 1 lemon, in long thick strips 100g caster sugar 1 bottle of fruity red wine Hull and halve the strawberries, then pile them high in a large bowl. Skye Mcalpine, Vogue, "How to Host a Gorgeous Summer Dinner Party Without Cooking," 22 June 2018 Plug casters are watching for diving birds and working the schools with topwater lures or swimbaits. sacbee, "Fishing Line: Week of March 19 | The Sacramento Bee," 20 Mar. 2018 Make pastry: Put flour, caster sugar, butter, salt and lemon zest in a food processor or electric mixture fitted with paddle attachment. Judy Walker,, "3 easy blueberry recipes: Pick 'em fresh to make sweet treats," 15 May 2018 Many magnesium die casters have exited the industry. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Ford F-150 parts won't be easy to get, experts say," 10 May 2018 Paul Maxwell, 71, assembles casters at Hamilton Caster & Mfg. Shayndi Raice, WSJ, "How Bad Is the Labor Shortage? Cities Will Pay You to Move There," 30 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of caster

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of caster

: a small wheel attached to the bottom of something (such as a piece of furniture) to make it easier to move


cast·​er | \ˈka-stər \

Kids Definition of caster

: one of a set of small wheels on a piece of furniture that makes it easier to move

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