- 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.
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
British Dictionary definitions for carrier (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for carrier
late 14c., agent noun from carry (v.). Meaning "person or animal that carries and disseminates infection without suffering obvious disease" is from 1899; genetic sense is 1933. As a short form of aircraft carrier it dates from 1917. Carrier pigeon is from 1640s.