Definitions for Carrierˈkær i ər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

car•ri•erˈkær i ər(n.)

  1. a person or thing that carries.

  2. a postal employee who delivers or collects mail.

  3. a person who delivers newspapers or magazines.

  4. an individual or company engaged in transporting passengers or goods for profit.

    Category: Transportation

    Ref: common carrier.

  5. an underwriter or insurer.

    Category: Business

  6. a frame attached to a vehicle for carrying luggage or skis.

    Category: Transportation

  7. Ref: aircraft carrier.

  8. an individual harboring specific pathogenic organisms who, though often immune to the agent harbored, may transmit the agent to others.

    Category: Immunology

  9. an individual with an unexpressed recessive genetic trait. the bearer of a defective gene.

    Category: Genetics

  10. Also called car′rier wave`. the radio wave whose amplitude, frequency, or phase is to be varied or modulated to transmit a signal.

    Category: Radio and Television

  11. a mechanism by which something is carried or moved.

    Category: Machinery

  12. Chem. a catalytic agent responsible for the transfer of an element or molecule from one compound to another. a usu. inactive substance that serves as a vehicle for an active substance.

    Category: Chemistry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. carrier, bearer, toter(noun)

    someone whose employment involves carrying something

    "the bonds were transmitted by carrier"

  2. carrier(noun)

    a self-propelled wheeled vehicle designed specifically to carry something

    "refrigerated carriers have revolutionized the grocery business"

  3. aircraft carrier, carrier, flattop, attack aircraft carrier(noun)

    a large warship that carries planes and has a long flat deck for takeoffs and landings

  4. carrier(noun)

    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

  5. carrier, common carrier(noun)

    a person or firm in the business of transporting people or goods or messages

  6. carrier wave, carrier(noun)

    a radio wave that can be modulated in order to transmit a signal

  7. mailman, postman, mail carrier, letter carrier, carrier(noun)

    a man who delivers the mail

  8. carrier, newsboy(noun)

    a boy who delivers newspapers

  9. carrier, immune carrier(noun)

    (medicine) a person (or animal) who has some pathogen to which he is immune but who can pass it on to others

  10. carrier(noun)

    a rack attached to a vehicle; for carrying luggage or skis or the like

  11. carrier(noun)

    (genetics) an organism that possesses a recessive gene whose effect is masked by a dominant allele; the associated trait is not apparent but can be passed on to offspring


  1. carrier(Noun)

    A person or object that carries someone or something else.

  2. carrier(Noun)

    A carrier pigeon, a newspaperese term (misnomer) for a homing pigeon, racing pigeon, racing homer, homer.

  3. carrier(Noun)

    An Old English carrier pigeon or Old English carrier (the "King of the Doos").

  4. carrier(Noun)

    A company in the business of shipping freight.

  5. carrier(Noun)

    A person or animal that transmits a disease to others without itself contracting the disease.

  6. carrier(Noun)

    A signal such as radio, sound, or light that is modulated to transmit information.

  7. carrier(Noun)

    A mobile network operator; wireless carrier.

  8. carrier(Noun)

    An inert material added to an active ingredient to aid in the application and/or the effectiveness of active ingredient.

  9. carrier(Noun)

    A certified airline.

  10. Carrier(ProperNoun)

    A Northern Athabaskan language spoken in Canada. Sometimes considered to be three separate languages; Southern Carrier, Northern Carrier and Central Carrier

Webster Dictionary

  1. Carrier(noun)

    one who, or that which, carries or conveys; a messenger

  2. Carrier(noun)

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

  3. Carrier(noun)

    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


  1. Carrier

    Carrier is a survival horror video game for the Dreamcast, notable in part for being fully 3D - then still a rarity for survival horror games, which mostly displayed 3D characters over pre-rendered backgrounds. In Carrier, players assume the separate roles of an investigation team that was split up from a surprise attack. A cancelled sequel for the PlayStation 2 titled Carrier: The Next Mutation was once planned for release.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Carrier' in Nouns Frequency: #1907


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