carrier

noun
car·​ri·​er | \ ˈker-ē-ər How to pronounce carrier (audio) , ˈka-rē- \
plural carriers

Definition of carrier

1 : one that carries : bearer, messenger
2a : 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
3a : a container for carrying
b : a device or machine that carries : conveyor
5a : 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 — compare reservoir sense 3a, vector entry 1 sense 2a
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
6a : 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
7a : 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

I put the pet carrier in the car. The airline is the nation's largest carrier. Mosquitoes can be carriers of malaria.
Recent Examples on the Web With its main competitor out of the picture, Frontier would be the biggest remaining carrier in the niche of fast-growing budget airlines known as ultralow cost carriers. Alison Sider, WSJ, 27 July 2022 Spirit is the No. 2 busiest carrier at OIA, and Frontier is No. 3. David Koenig, Orlando Sentinel, 27 July 2022 Lufthansa, which is Germany's flag carrier, added that rebooking capacities for passengers affected by cancellations are very limited. Inke Kappeler, CNN, 26 July 2022 The plane is a Soviet-era four-engine turboprop cargo carrier. Demetris Nellas, BostonGlobe.com, 17 July 2022 Spirit will be the 13th carrier at San Antonio International. Madison Iszler, San Antonio Express-News, 12 July 2022 American Airlines is the largest carrier out of Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport, Chaudoin added, and will likely be the busiest airline at SDF this weekend. Jason Gonzalez, The Courier-Journal, 1 July 2022 Add into the equation that Spirit is an ultra-low-cost carrier, and if JetBlue absorbs Spirit into its model, customers may ultimately see fares jump up. John Samuelsen, Fortune, 29 June 2022 That question gained new urgency when Apple made a significant statement to the media business with its deal to be the primary carrier of Major League Soccer. Los Angeles Times, 27 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of carrier

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Carrier.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/carrier. Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for carrier

carrier

noun
car·​ri·​er | \ ˈker-ē-ər How to pronounce carrier (audio) \

Kids Definition of carrier

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

carrier

noun
car·​ri·​er | \ ˈkar-ē-ər How to pronounce carrier (audio) \

Medical Definition of carrier

1a : 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 sense 2, vector entry 1 sense 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

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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