• (RP) IPA: /ˈkæ.ɹɪ.ə/
  • (GA) IPA: /ˈkæ.ɹɪ.ɚ/, /ˈkɛ-/

carrier (plural carriers)

  1. A person or object that carries someone or something else.
    aircraft carrier
    armored personnel carrier
    • 1626, Francis Bacon, Sylva Sylvarum, Or, A Naturall Historie: In Ten Centuries
      The air which is but […] a carrier of the sounds.
  2. A carrier pigeon.
  3. A person or company in the business of shipping freight.
    • 1727, Jonathan Swift, A Short View of the State of Ireland
      The roads [are] crowded with carriers, laden with rich manufactures.
  4. A signal such as radio, sound, or light that is modulated to transmit information.
  5. (telecommunication) A mobile network operator; wireless carrier.
  6. (aviation) A certified airline.
    • 2013 Dec. 22, Jad Mouawad and Martha C. White, "," New York Times (retrieved 23 December 2013):
      Southwest, the nation’s largest domestic carrier, is installing seats with less cushion and thinner materials — a svelte model known in the business as “slim-line.”
  7. (engineering) That which drives or carries.
    1. A piece which communicates to an object in a lathe the motion of the faceplate; a lathe dog.
    2. A spool holder or bobbin holder in a braiding machine.
    3. A movable piece in magazine guns which transfers the cartridge to a position from which it can be thrust into the barrel.
  8. (chemistry) A catalyst or other intermediary in a chemical reaction.
  9. (genetics, pathology) A person or other organism that has a genetic trait, mutation or infection liable to cause a disease, but displays no symptoms.
  10. (physics, electronics) charge carrier
  11. (arts, industry) A liquid or gas used as a medium for another substance.
    linseed oil used as the carrier for pigment in oil painting
    inert carrier gas, which transports a chemical reactant
Translations Translations
  • German: Frachtunternehmen
  • Portuguese: transportadora
  • Russian: перево́зчик
  • Spanish: compañía de transportes, empresa de transportes
  • German: Trägersignal, Träger
  • Portuguese: portadora
  • Russian: несу́щий сигна́л
  • German: Überträger
  • Portuguese: portador
  • Russian: носи́тель
  • Spanish: portador, portadora

Proper noun
  1. A Northern Athabaskan language spoken in Canada. Sometimes considered to be three separate languages: Southern Carrier, Northern Carrier and Central Carrier.

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