- 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.
Origin of carrier
Examples from the Web for carrier
Contemporary Examples of carrier
The vaccine is delivered through a “carrier virus” that causes a common cold in chimpanzees but does not affect humans.The Race for the Ebola Vaccine
January 7, 2015
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
December 29, 2014
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.In The Shadow of Murdered Cops
December 26, 2014
When she tried to explain to him that he himself could be a carrier, he “willfully ignored what [she] said.”The Silent Shame of HPV
August 29, 2014
American carrier Delta is suspending flights to Monrovia on August 31.Ebola-Fueled Racism Is on the Rise in Europe
Barbie Latza Nadeau
August 21, 2014
Historical Examples of carrier
The question was asked in a mild way as if he intended to help the carrier's memory.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
I desired the carrier to pay you, but as I mentioned only 15s.The Letters of Robert Burns
The carrier with whom I bargained did not take me; I fell out with him.Albert Durer
T. Sturge Moore
One of them slipped up behind the carrier, and knocked him from his horse.
Those who did do it had fled, and, as the carrier had recognized him as in the party, he had been arrested.
- 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
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.