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 castor (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 Rolling on casters, this two-rack, 18-inch wide appliance plugs into a sink faucet, and then glides out of the way when not needed. Popular Science, "Four dishwashers to save you time in the kitchen," 20 Apr. 2020 This vac includes swiveling, rubberized casters, a 7-foot hose, three nozzles, a dust cartridge filter and a 10-foot power cord. oregonlive, "10 tools, home improvement items for less than $100: Update your living space during coronavirus isolation," 22 Apr. 2020 This rod was arguably the finest caster in the test, with the ability to make extremely accurate presentations out to 60 feet and recover flawlessly. Joe Cermele, Outdoor Life, "Tackle Test: The Best New Fishing Rods and Reels for 2020, Ranked and Rated," 23 Mar. 2020 The casters roll smoothly and also help store some of the accessories and add-ons. Popular Science, "The toughest, most versatile shop vacs for any job," 24 Mar. 2020 Fly casters should try stoneflies, San Juan worms, and midges. sacbee, "Fishing Line: Week of March 19 | The Sacramento Bee," 20 Mar. 2018 His comments quickly drew criticism from former OWL casters. Jason Fanelli, The Hollywood Reporter, "Esports Arena: 'PUBG' Event Postponed by Coronavirus Concerns; 'Overwatch' League Exec Sparks Backlash," 12 Feb. 2020 Atlanta was also projected as a top contender, and some casters even put it ahead of Dallas. Sean Collins, Dallas News, "Why Saturday’s match against Atlanta FaZe could be even tougher for Dallas Empire," 25 Jan. 2020 Another bonus: the stove rests on a tripod with casters, making transport around your yard a snap. Jennifer Fernandez, House Beautiful, "This Outdoor Stove Is a Cooktop, Grill, Pizza Oven, and Fire Pit in One," 1 Jan. 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 31 May. 2020.

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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


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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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