Definitions for: Carrier

[n] a large warship that carries planes and has a long flat deck for take-offs and landings
[n] a rack attached to a vehicle; for carrying luggage or skis or the like
[n] a vehicle designed to carry something; "refrigerated carriers have revolutionized the grocery business"
[n] a person or firm in the business of transporting people or goods or messages
[n] a person who has some pathogen to which he is immune but who can pass it on to others
[n] a boy who delivers newspapers
[n] someone whose employment involves carrying something; "the bonds were transmitted by carrier"
[n] a man who delivers the mail
[n] a radio wave that can be modulated in order to transmit a signal
[n] an inactive substance that is a vehicle for a radioactive tracer of the same substance and that assists in its recovery after some chemical reaction

Webster (1913) Definition: Car"ri*er, n. [From Carry.]
1. One who, or that which, carries or conveys; a messenger.

The air which is but . . . a carrier of the sounds.

2. One who is employed, or makes it his business, to carry
goods for others for hire; a porter; a teamster.

The roads are crowded with carriers, laden with rich
manufactures. --Swift.

3. (Mach.) That which drives or carries; as:
(a) A piece which communicates to an object in a lathe the
motion of the face plate; a lathe dog.
(b) A spool holder or bobbin holder in a braiding machine.
(c) A movable piece in magazine guns which transfers
the cartridge to a position from which it can be
thrust into the barrel.

Carrier pigeon (Zo["o]l.), a variety of the domestic pigeon
used to convey letters from a distant point to to its

Carrier shell (Zo["o]l.), a univalve shell of the genus
Phorus; -- so called because it fastens bits of stones
and broken shells to its own shell, to such an extent as
almost to conceal it.

Common carrier (Law.) See under Common, a.

Synonyms: aircraft carrier, attack aircraft carrier, bearer, carrier wave, common carrier, flattop, immune carrier, letter carrier, mail carrier, mailman, newsboy, postman, toter

See Also: arrester, arrester hook, bomb rack, business, business concern, business organisation, business organization, chemical, combat ship, concern, deliverer, delivery boy, deliveryman, flight deck, immune, landing deck, line, luggage carrier, luggage rack, Mallon, Mary Mallon, rack, radio emission, radio radiation, radio wave, roof rack, ski rack, transmitter, traveler, traveller, Typhoid Mary, vector, vehicle, war vessel, warship

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