cast·​er | \ ˈka-stər How to pronounce caster (audio) \

Definition of caster

1 : one that casts especially : a machine that casts type
2 or castor \ ˈka-​stər How to pronounce caster (audio) \
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

Examples of caster in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Players begin their journey in Outriders by selecting a class, which fits neatly into the standard warrior-caster-rogue triptych that has nourished every RPG since the birth of Dungeons & Dragons. Luke Winkie, Vulture, "The Best Video Games of 2021 (So Far)," 9 Apr. 2021 The cushy sole of the shoes is layered with caster bean oil, which wicks moisture and keeps your sneakers as fresh as possible for longer. Kendall Cornish, Travel + Leisure, "Allbirds Just Launched the Fluffiest Sneaker We’ve Ever Seen," 1 Mar. 2021 Vitrazza offers replacement universal Quiet Comfort office chair caster wheels that are made with soft tread urethane instead of hard plastic. Brad Moon, Forbes, "Review: Vitrazza Glass Office Chair Mat," 27 Feb. 2021 Suspension is all-independent—the original P1800 had a solid axle at the back—and caster, camber, and toe angles can all be altered. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, "Volvo P1800 Lives Again in 413-HP Cyan Racing Continuation Model," 4 Sep. 2020 The 2-inch locking caster wheels allow for quick and easy movement about a room. Allen Foster,, "The best ping-pong table of 2020," 1 Oct. 2020 For normal motoring, the caster produces a strong centering action that feels great. Patrick Bedard, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1977 Chevrolet Chevette Puts Price Before Performance," 17 Aug. 2020 Many of fly-fishing’s biggest legends have been locals, from 19th-century innovator Theodore Gordon to champion caster Joan Wulff, who at 94 still runs her famous fly-fishing school in the Beaverkill Valley. Darrell Hartman, WSJ, "The Fly-Fishing Boom Is Finally Here," 6 Oct. 2020 Add vodka, liqueur, fresh lemon juice, caster sugar, a pinch of salt, and an egg white into a cocktail shaker. Travel + Leisure, "National Vodka Day Is Oct. 4 — Here Are 15 Cocktail Recipes to Celebrate," 3 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of caster

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Caster.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce caster (audio) \

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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