Definition of caster in US English:

caster

noun

  • 1A person who casts something or a machine for casting something.

    • ‘We are glass-blowers, flame workers and hot casters.’
    • ‘The Hellenistic bronzes from Rhodes parallel the Greek ceramic evidence with their recording of both sculptor and caster.’
    • ‘A system of divination consists of a set of symbols which contain significant meaning to the caster.’
    • ‘The next thing I know, the experienced sand casters are begging me to come down to the art room at recess to make another sand casting!’
    • ‘Artists invariably doubled as gold or silversmiths, bronze casters, stonecutters and carvers, carpenters, plasterers, and wood-carvers, as well as painters and sculptors.’
    • ‘Nuremberg supported an exceptionally dynamic community of metalworkers ranging from renowned armourers, such as Valentin Siebenbürger and Kunz Lochner, to bronze and brass casters to goldsmiths.’
    • ‘Regardless of your fly casting techniques, all casters are governed by the following four principles’
    • ‘This is the secret as to why the big casters are able to cast flat out all day without encountering overruns and ‘snap-offs’.’
    • ‘Metal casters try to produce perfect castings.’
    • ‘Folktales became a popular source for the brass casters because they carry moral weight.’
    • ‘The maker's mark is that of Samuel Wood, a caster and cruet frame maker who rarely employed chased decoration.’
    • ‘On occasion a slight problem occurs and the spell backfires on the caster and the caster had either killed themselves or killed others near them.’
    • ‘The brass casters of Igun Street are astute, adept quick studies and show a remarkable receptiveness to new technologies and ideas.’
  • 2Fishing
    A fly pupa used as bait.

    • ‘Some of the deeper slower water by the golf course and downstream is best fished with swim feeder rig using hemp as an attractor with gentles or casters as hook bait and feeding with hemp.’
    • ‘I always keep feeding with maggots and casters whatever I am fishing with at the time and caster will usually be my first change bait.’
    • ‘Many anglers use pellets, boilies, gentles, casters and various flavoured paste baits, but for me it's bread.’
    • ‘Always use the best quality bait you can obtain and keep maggots and casters in top condition.’
    • ‘The bait was two casters fished on a size 14 hook over a small carpet of hemp and caster.’
  • 3Each of a set of small wheels, free to swivel in any direction, fixed to the legs or base of a heavy piece of furniture so that it can be moved easily.

    • ‘These rolling casters are little triangles with wheels on the bottom.’
    • ‘The frame is simple by design but the choice of caster wheel assemblies is critical for proper operation.’
    • ‘No detail was spared; these include a patented ventilated seat that keeps the body cool and casters custom-designed to glide on any flooring surface.’
    • ‘The unit comes with removable casters for easy moving.’
    • ‘For colder climates, it might be wiser to start off with the plant in a pot on casters, that can be moved in and out.’
    • ‘It has casters that make it convenient to slide under beds or chairs, provides storage space and tilts at a 45-degree angle to help make reading comfortable.’
    • ‘When he was growing up, his hometown made everything from chair casters to sewing machines to bead chains for lamps, with precision down to 1/1000 of an inch of tolerance.’
    • ‘Add casters to the legs and this stool becomes a portable mini-island, ferrying cookbooks, baking ingredients, or a heavy mixer from pantry to work space.’
    • ‘They're available in either three- or four-drawer units, are stackable, and come with optional rolling casters.’
    • ‘He recommends items occupants can change themselves, like cabinets on rolling casters and adjustable-height counters.’
    • ‘These semi-portable machines usually come with a stand or casters.’
    • ‘The standing-height worktable lifts and rolls on a pair of casters.’
    • ‘She was sitting on one of those round stools with casters on the legs so she could move around freely without getting up.’
    • ‘The company produces various types of rubber components, including caster wheels, mainly for the European automotive manufacturers.’
    • ‘Store items under the bed in drawers from a cast-off bureau (add casters if you wish).’
    • ‘I did go and fetch a chair at one point so that I could sit and spend some time with one of the new team members but the chair was flipping heavy, with no casters on the legs and there wasn't much fun lugging it around everywhere I went.’
    • ‘Eno had all his furniture built on casters so he could move it around.’
    1. 3.1 The angular inclination of a steering pivot or kingpin, especially that of the front wheel of a vehicle.
      • ‘At higher speeds the friction on the caster pins is reduced as the glider produces lift and may allow the caster to wobble.’
      • ‘There's also plenty of tweaking that can be done to the mechanics of the car, ranging from adjusting the wings to tire caster, to just about any other tweak you can think of to tailor car performance to the conditions of a race.’
      • ‘While they were at it, engineers tuned up the steering geometry slightly with extra caster to enhance the XLR's on-center road sense.’
      • ‘For safety, each vehicle was fitted with metal outriggers front and rear to help keep the vehicles from overturning. and casters placed at the end of each beam to keep them from digging into the asphalt.’
      • ‘The German cart has lots of caster angle in the front steering, by design - actual casters are used.’
      • ‘Negative caster requires less steering effort but can cause the car to wander down the straightaway.’
      • ‘The key to its versatility is a unique, front caster 8-in. wheel that can lock in place for high-speed cruising.’
      • ‘A user of the vehicle can select adjustments to the calculated drive brake force and, if provided, can also select independent adjustments to the calculated caster brake force.’
      • ‘It has two aluminum lower control arms, a slightly positive steering offset and large steering caster.’
      • ‘Two floating casters ensure vehicle balance and stability.’

Pronunciation

caster

/ˈkæstər//ˈkastər/