What does carrier mean?

Definitions for carrier
ˈkær i ərcar·ri·er

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word carrier.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. carrier, bearer, toternoun

    someone whose employment involves carrying something

    "the bonds were transmitted by carrier"

  2. carriernoun

    a self-propelled wheeled vehicle designed specifically to carry something

    "refrigerated carriers have revolutionized the grocery business"

  3. aircraft carrier, carrier, flattop, attack aircraft carriernoun

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

  4. carriernoun

    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 carriernoun

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

  6. carrier wave, carriernoun

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

  7. mailman, postman, mail carrier, letter carrier, carriernoun

    a man who delivers the mail

  8. carrier, newsboynoun

    a boy who delivers newspapers

  9. carrier, immune carriernoun

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

  10. carriernoun

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

  11. carriernoun

    (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. carriernoun

    A person or object that carries someone or something else.

  2. carriernoun

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

  3. carriernoun

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

  4. carriernoun

    A company in the business of shipping freight.

  5. carriernoun

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

  6. carriernoun

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

  7. carriernoun

    A mobile network operator; wireless carrier.

  8. carriernoun

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

  9. carriernoun

    A certified airline.

  10. Carriernoun

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Carriernoun

    Etymology: from to carry.

    You must distinguish between the motion of the air, which is but a vehiculum causæ, a carrier of the sounds, and the sounds conveyed. Francis Bacon, Nat. Hist. №. 125.

    For winds, when homeward they return, will drive
    The loaded carriers from their evening hive. Dryden.

    I have rather made it my choice to transcribe all, than to venture the loss of my originals by post or carrier. Thomas Pierce, Lett.

    The roads are crouded with carriers, laden with rich manufactures. Jonathan Swift.

    The welcome news is in the letter found;
    The carrier ’s not commission’d to expound;
    It speaks itself. John Dryden, Religio Laici.

    There are tame and wild pigeons, and of tame there are croppers, carriers, runts. Izaak Walton, Angler.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Carriernoun

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

  2. Carriernoun

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

  3. Carriernoun

    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

  4. Etymology: [From Carry.]


  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.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Carrier is ranked #2692 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Carrier surname appeared 13,377 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 5 would have the surname Carrier.

    86.8% or 11,615 total occurrences were White.
    8.2% or 1,100 total occurrences were Black.
    2% or 276 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.7% or 238 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.7% or 96 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.4% or 54 total occurrences were Asian.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of carrier in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of carrier in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of carrier in a Sentence

  1. Mike Sievert:

    Our lower cost and greater scale will allow us quite simply to supercharge the un-carrier strategy and bring even more competition to this market.

  2. Delta CEO Ed Bastian:

    The new Delta uniform collection offers unity between all workgroups like never before. We are one proud Delta team and it really shows, zac is bringing fashion and glamour back to the airlines. It’s a sophisticated look, it’s elegant, it’s much more international in orientation. Our aspirations are to be a top global carrier, not just a top U.S. carrier.

  3. Niliflash:

    The best photo you keep as your pride will one day be the carrier of RIP when you're gone.

  4. Terry Gou:

    We are like an aircraft carrier taking a bunch of fighter jets.

  5. Mayor Kenney:

    We used the National Guard in the civil unrest period to secure areas that needed to be secured from looting and burning, and it freed up the police to do other things, but to send in the National Guard and a troop carrier into a neighborhood in Philadelphia, to me, is not respectful to that neighborhood, number one. Number two, they are not capable or trained to do urban policing, or do policing of any kind.

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Translations for carrier

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  • превозвач, преносител, носачBulgarian
  • portador, portadoraCatalan, Valencian
  • dopravce, bacilonosič, nosný signál, nosičCzech
  • Karrier, Carrier, Brieftaube, Überträger, Träger, Trägersignal, Karriertaube, Frachtunternehmen, CarriertaubeGerman
  • μεταφορέας, κομιστής, φορέαςGreek
  • portador, compañía de transportes, empresa de transportes, transportista, portadoraSpanish
  • kuljetusyritys, taudinkantaja, kantoaalto, kuljetustoimisto, kantaja, tukialus, kuljetusvälineFinnish
  • pigeon voyageur, transporteurFrench
  • neach-giùlainScottish Gaelic
  • נשא, נשאיתHebrew
  • वाहकHindi
  • hordozóHungarian
  • მატარებელიGeorgian
  • باربه‌رKurdish
  • преносител, шпедитер, превозник, носач, пренесувач, амалMacedonian
  • carrier, drager, postduifDutch
  • nosiciel, nosicielka, nośnikPolish
  • semnal purtătorRomanian
  • почтовый голубь, носитель, носильщик, перевозчик, носительница, переносчикRussian
  • mchukuziSwahili
  • کیریئرUrdu

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