- an individual or company, as a railroad or steamship line, engaged in transporting passengers or goods for profit.
- common carrier.
- an individual possessing an unexpressed, recessive trait.
- the bearer of a defective gene.
Related formsin·ter·car·ri·er, nounnon·car·ri·er, nounsu·per·car·ri·er, noun
Examples from the Web for carrier
The vaccine is delivered through a “carrier virus” that causes a common cold in chimpanzees but does not affect humans.
Riffing off the slogan “Now Everyone Can Fly,” the carrier offered no-frills flights that were both cheap and plentiful.The Presumed Crash of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 Is Nothing Like MH370|Lennox Samuels|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The NYPD remained his ultimate goal as he went to work as a carrier for Airborne Express/DHL and then as a school safety officer.
When she tried to explain to him that he himself could be a carrier, he “willfully ignored what [she] said.”
American carrier Delta is suspending flights to Monrovia on August 31.
Some three weeks later a carrier came to me with a note—a penciled scrawl upon a torn piece of paper.The Spinner's Book of Fiction|Various
Page 115: Rab remained in statu quo till the carrier returned; love and devotion filled his heart.Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 10|Charles Herbert Sylvester
Then, Boxer gave occasion to more good-natured recognitions of and by the Carrier, than half a dozen Christians could have done!The Cricket on the Hearth|Charles Dickens
The ordinary camera may be used, but a carrier to take lantern plates must be used in the dark slide.
Some thought that Phil Martin the carrier would see her if anybody would.An Unsocial Socialist|George Bernard Shaw
British Dictionary definitions for carrier (1 of 2)
- the inert solid on which a dyestuff is adsorbed in forming a lake
- a substance, such as kieselguhr or asbestos, used to support a catalyst
- an inactive substance containing a radioisotope used in radioactive tracing
- an inert gas used to transport the sample through a gas-chromatography column
- a catalyst that effects the transfer of an atom or group from one molecule to another