from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. That one of the casters of a cruet-stand which is made to contain pepper.
  • n. An early and clumsy form of modern revolver, in which the cylinder was made very long in order to fill the place of a barrel, and which was consequently very heavy. The word is sometimes used as a slang term for any revolver.


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  • As Lewis has written, God does not shake miracles into nature at random as if from a pepper-caster.

    The Language of God

  • He enters it as a pepper-caster, a feathered _bonbonniere_, a pickle - holder (in china), and is drawn, painted, and photographed in every style.

    Manners and Social Usages

  • They were not the old-fashioned, clumsy pepper-caster which I can very well remember as having been used in actual warfare, and, indeed, esteemed as a deadly weapon, but were new from America, with all the latest patents.

    In Direst Peril

  • The Native Daughter would have a license to complain of this if she herself didn't look as thou she'd been sprinkled with dimples from a pepper-caster.

    The Native Son

  • They couldn't get a direct with solid, but I must admit they made goodish shootin 'wi' shrapnel, an 'they've made that' ouse look like a second-'and pepper-caster.

    Between the Lines

  • It has a little door at the top and another little door at the bottom, and looks like a pepper-caster.

    The Angel and the Author, and others

  • I take a pepper-caster, and on a sheet of white paper

    Young Folks' Library, Volume XI (of 20) Wonders of Earth, Sea and Sky

  • Would that I had listened to Mr. Trotter; would that I had corrected, in early life, the happy-go-lucky disposition to scatter my Greek accents, as it were, with a pepper-caster, to fish with worn tackle, and, generally, to make free with the responsibilities of life and literature.

    Angling Sketches

  • Higher up, amid the jagged outlines of chimney stacks, behind a slanting chess-board of smaller roofs, the pepper-caster turrets of the Palais de Justice and the garrets of the

    His Masterpiece

  • On their left a long stretch of bank now became visible; beyond the pepper-caster turrets of the Palais de Justice, the small, murky tenements of the Quai de l'Horloge showed as far as the clump of trees midway across the Pont-Neuf; then, as they went farther on, other quays emerged from the mist, in the far distance: the Quai Voltaire, the Quai Malaquais, the dome of the Institute of

    His Masterpiece


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