trans·​port·​er | \ tran(t)s-ˈpȯr-tər How to pronounce transporter (audio) , ˈtran(t)s-ˌpȯr-\

Definition of transporter

: one that transports especially : a vehicle for transporting large or heavy loads

Examples of transporter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Despite the vast differences between humans and octopuses, though, the transporter appeared to work virtually the same. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "Octopuses Take Ecstasy for Science and Become More Social Creatures," 20 Sep. 2018 One recent day at Niamey’s airport, two French fighter jets screeched skyward from the runway as a giant American C-130 transporter plane taxied below. Joe Parkinson, WSJ, "‘A Nest of Spies’: Niger’s Deserts Become Front Line of Fight Against Jihadism," 17 Sep. 2018 Their individual cells will have transporters that prevent toxins from being absorbed. Rob Dunn, Discover Magazine, "Our Attempts to Eradicate Insects are Just Making them Resistant to Pesticides," 16 Nov. 2018 Most scooters and transporters like segways are banned from certain public areas with a lot of foot traffic. Charlie Lapastora, Fox News, "ATV 'wheelchairs' allow people with mobility issues to go off-roading," 27 Sep. 2018 In a world where personal transportation will increasingly be defined by the need for nimble city cars that can whizz populations across ever denser urban landscapes, this big lumbering transporter seems out of place. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Volvo’s 360c concept has softened my cynicism about autonomous cars," 6 Sep. 2018 This means that manufacturers, retailers, and transporters must assess the risks in their facilities from animal contamination and poor worker hygiene-and build in steps to prevent such problems from happening in the first place. Samantha Cassetty, Good Housekeeping, "NEW FOOD SAFETY LEGISLATION AND HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT IT," 11 Mar. 2010 But, generally, the franchise doesn't suddenly do a 180 and turn transporters into time travel devices or make replicators capable of churning out sentient goblin armies. Annalee Newitz, Ars Technica, "Star Trek Discovery: “I’ve made a lot of bad emotional choices”," 7 Feb. 2018 Of that, $855 million went to about 17,100 downwinders; $587 million to 5,900 uranium miners; $201 million to 2,800 onsite participants; $154 million to 1,500 uranium millers; and $31 million to 300 ore transporters. Dan Popkey, idahostatesman, "'I promised ... that I wouldn't give up.' Documentary shows downwinders' plight," 9 Aug. 2013

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'transporter.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of transporter

1535, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about transporter

Share transporter

Statistics for transporter

Last Updated

15 Feb 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for transporter

The first known use of transporter was in 1535

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for transporter



English Language Learners Definition of transporter

: something that is used to move or transport people or things especially, chiefly British : a vehicle for carrying large and heavy loads

More from Merriam-Webster on transporter

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with transporter

Comments on transporter

What made you want to look up transporter? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to corrupt or become corrupted

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

A Green Quiz

  • shamrock
  • What is the best definition of green-eyed monster?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!