carrier

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noun car·ri·er \ ˈker-ē-ər , ˈka-rē- \

Definition of carrier

1 :one that carries :bearer, messenger
2 a :an individual or organization engaged in transporting passengers or goods for hire
b :a transportation line carrying mail between post offices
c :a postal employee who delivers or collects mail
d :one that delivers newspapers
e :an entity (such as a hole or an electron) capable of carrying an electric charge
3 a :a container for carrying
b :a device or machine that carries :conveyor
5 a :a bearer and transmitter of a causative agent of an infectious disease; especially :one who carries the causative agent of a disease systemically but is asymptomatic or immune to it
b :an individual (such as one heterozygous for a recessive trait) having a specified gene that is not expressed or only weakly expressed in its phenotype
6 a :a usually inactive accessory substance :vehicle
  • a carrier for a drug or an insecticide
b :a substance (such as a catalyst) by whose agency some element or group is transferred from one compound to another
7 a :an electromagnetic wave or alternating current whose modulations are used as communications signals (as in radio, telephonic, or telegraphic transmissions)
b :a telecommunication company
8 :an organization acting as an insurer

Examples of carrier in a Sentence

  1. I put the pet carrier in the car.

  2. The airline is the nation's largest carrier.

  3. Mosquitoes can be carriers of malaria.

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First Known Use of carrier

14th century

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CARRIER Defined for Kids

carrier

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noun car·ri·er \ ˈker-ē-ər \

Definition of carrier for Students

1 :a person or thing that carries
  • a mail carrier
2 :a person or business that transports passengers or goods or provides a certain service
3 :a person, animal, or plant that carries disease germs without showing symptoms and passes them on to others

Medical Dictionary

carrier

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noun car·ri·er \ ˈkar-ē-ər \

medical Definition of carrier

1 a :a person, animal, or plant that harbors and transmits the causative agent of an infectious disease; especially :one who carries the causative agent systemically but is asymptomatic or immune to it
  • a carrier of typhoid fever
— compare reservoir 2, vector 2
b :an individual possessing a specified gene and capable of transmitting it to offspring but not expressing or only weakly expressing its phenotype; especially :one that is heterozygous for a recessive factor
2 :a usually inactive substance used in association with an active substance especially for aiding in the application of the active substance: as
a :a support for a catalyst
b :a vehicle serving especially as a diluent (as for an insecticide or a drug)
3 :a substance (as a catalyst) by whose agency some element or group is transferred from one compound to another

Law Dictionary

carrier

noun car·ri·er

legal Definition of carrier

1 :an individual or entity engaged in transporting passengers or goods for hire by land, water, or air; specifically :common carrier
2 :an insurer that assumes the risks of a policy that it issues to a policyholder


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