caster

noun cast·er \ ˈkas-tər \
Updated on: 24 Nov 2017

Definition of caster

1 : one that casts; especially : a machine that casts type
2 or castor play \-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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First Known Use of caster

14th century


CASTER Defined for English Language Learners

caster

noun

Definition of caster for English Language Learners

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


CASTER Defined for Kids

caster

noun cast·er \ ˈka-stər \

Definition of caster for Students

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


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