See also: Carrier


The King of the Doos—the English Carrier [blue black-barred] (also called Old English Carrier, Carrier Pigeon, Carrier)


carry +‎ -er



carrier (plural carriers)

  1. A person or object that carries someone or something else.
    aircraft carrier
    armored personnel carrier
    • 1631, Francis [Bacon], “(please specify |century=I to X)”, in Sylua Syluarum: Or A Naturall Historie. In Ten Centuries. [], 3rd edition, London: [] VVilliam Rawley; [p]rinted by J[ohn] H[aviland] for William Lee [], OCLC 1044372886:
      The air which is but [] a carrier of the sounds.
  2. A carrier pigeon.
  3. A person or company in the business of shipping freight.
  4. A signal such as radio, sound, or light that is modulated to transmit information.
  5. (telecommunications) A mobile network operator; wireless carrier.
  6. (aviation) A certified airline.
    • 2013 Dec. 22, Jad Mouawad and Martha C. White, "[1]," New York Times (retrieved 23 December 2013):
      Southwest, the nation’s largest domestic carrier, is installing seats with less cushion and thinner materials — a svelte model known in the business as “slim-line.”
  7. (engineering) That which drives or carries.
    1. A piece which communicates to an object in a lathe the motion of the faceplate; a lathe dog.
    2. A spool holder or bobbin holder in a braiding machine.
    3. A movable piece in magazine guns which transfers the cartridge to a position from which it can be thrust into the barrel.
    4. A movable piece in a planetary gear train.
      Synonyms: spider, arm
  8. (chemistry) A catalyst or other intermediary in a chemical reaction.
  9. (genetics, pathology) A person or other organism that has a genetic trait, mutation or infection liable to cause a disease, but displays no symptoms.
  10. (physics, electronics) charge carrier
  11. (art, manufacturing) A liquid or gas used as a medium for another substance.
    linseed oil used as the carrier for pigment in oil painting
    inert carrier gas, which transports a chemical reactant

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