• WordNet 3.6
    • n carrier (genetics) an organism that possesses a recessive gene whose effect is masked by a dominant allele; the associated trait is not apparent but can be passed on to offspring
    • n carrier a large warship that carries planes and has a long flat deck for takeoffs and landings
    • n carrier a rack attached to a vehicle; for carrying luggage or skis or the like
    • n carrier a self-propelled wheeled vehicle designed specifically to carry something "refrigerated carriers have revolutionized the grocery business"
    • n carrier a person or firm in the business of transporting people or goods or messages
    • n carrier (medicine) a person (or animal) who has some pathogen to which he is immune but who can pass it on to others
    • n carrier a boy who delivers newspapers
    • n carrier someone whose employment involves carrying something "the bonds were transmitted by carrier"
    • n carrier a man who delivers the mail
    • n carrier a radio wave that can be modulated in order to transmit a signal
    • n carrier an inactive substance that is a vehicle for a radioactive tracer of the same substance and that assists in its recovery after some chemical reaction
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The witch speaks to Ball-Carrier, who is lying on a platform The witch speaks to Ball-Carrier, who is lying on a platform
Twin Carrier with Kiln Door loaded and rolling clear of Opening Twin Carrier with Kiln Door loaded and rolling clear of Opening
Twin Carriers for Kiln Doors 18 to 35 Feet wide Twin Carriers for Kiln Doors 18 to 35 Feet wide
Kiln Door Carrier engaged to Door Ready for lifting Kiln Door Carrier engaged to Door Ready for lifting
Kiln Door Carrier shown on Doors of Wood Construction Kiln Door Carrier shown on Doors of Wood Construction
Kiln Door Construction with Door Carrier out of Sight Kiln Door Construction with Door Carrier out of Sight

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: One of the largest carriers of hepitius B is diner mints.
    • Carrier One who is employed, or makes it his business, to carry goods for others for hire; a porter; a teamster. "The roads are crowded with carriers , laden with rich manufactures."
    • Carrier One who, or that which, carries or conveys; a messenger. "The air which is but . . . a carrier of the sounds."
    • Carrier (Mach) That which drives or carries; as: A piece which communicates to an object in a lathe the motion of the face plate; a lathe dog. A spool holder or bobbin holder in a braiding machine. (c) A movable piece in magazine guns which transfers the cartridge to a position from which it can be thrust into the barrel.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The launching mechanism of a carrier ship that helps planes to take off could throw a pickup truck over a mile.
    • n carrier One who or that which carries or conveys.
    • n carrier Specifically.
    • n carrier One who for hire undertakes the conveyance of goods or persons. The law distinguishes between common carriers and private or special carriers. One who carries not as a business, but only on occasion by special agreement, is termed a private or special carrier. One who holds himself out as a carrier, inviting the employment of the public generally, is a common carrier. He is bound to serve without favoritism all who desire to employ him, and is liable for the safety of goods intrusted to him, except by losses from the act of God or from public enemies, or unless special exemption has been agreed upon; and in respect to the safety of passengers carried he is liable for injuries which he might have prevented by special care. The most familiar classes of common carriers are railroad companies, stagecoach proprietors, expressmen, truckmen, ship-owners, steamboat-lines, lightermen, and ferrymen. The special rules of liability which the law, for reasons of public policy, imposes on common carriers have not been applied in their full extent to the business of drovers, owners of tow-boats, log-drivers, and others who do not literally carry the property intrusted to them; nor are telegraph companies deemed common carriers in respect to the messages they transmit.
    • n carrier A carrier-pigeon.
    • n carrier One who manages or arranges affairs.
    • n carrier In machinery: A piece of iron fixed by a setscrew on the end of a shaft or spindle to be turned in a lathe, or to a mandrel on which a round object is driven for the purpose of being turned; a lathe-dog. A projection in the center-chuck or face-plate drives the carrier around.
    • n carrier The distributing-roller of a carding-machine.
    • n carrier A roller between the drum and the feeding-rollers of a scribbling-machine, for spinning wool.
    • n carrier In a braiding-machine, a spool- or bobbin-holder which follows in a curved path intersecting the paths of other bobbins, and so lays up the thread into a braid.
    • n carrier A hoist, as the mold-carrier in sugar-works.
    • n carrier (f ) Part of the breech-action of a magazine-gun. See carrier-ring.
    • n carrier An oyster that will bear transportation well.
    • carrier An old spelling of career.
    • n carrier In transportation, a system of endless traveling-chains supporting slats, trays, or buckets, used in transporting various materials or articles in bulk or in packages over short distances, as in a factory. The most simple or platform type consists of two chains supported by flanged wheels running upon rails at each side and carrying steel or wooden slats that form a moving platform on which the load is placed. See fig. 1. The traveling-side walk and the ramp are carriers of this type. Another form consists of a series of platform-trucks moving upon rails, the trucks being secured to a single chain which travels between the rails, hauling the trucks in either direction, carrying them round the wheel at the turn of the carrier (see wheel in fig. 1), and, when reversed, on the return trip. Other types have broad slats which lap one over another to prevent the material from falling between them. Buckets of various shapes are used in place of slate, either fixed to the chains or suspended from pivots on the chains and free to adjust themselves to changes in the travel from a horizontal to a vertical direction. The buckets, when moving in a horizontal direction, overlap to form a continuous series, and are of various shapes to prevent the spilling of the load when changing direction of travel. This is clearly shown in fig. 2, where the loaded buckets are seen moving in three different directions between the feeding-point and the point of discharge. This use of pivoted buckets allies the carrier to both the conveyer and the elevator, and makes it possible to use one system or machine as a conveyer in a horizontal direction and as an elevator in a vertical direction. In one type of bucket-carrier, used in handling coal, the buckets are provided with a hinged bottom for convenience in unloading and a tipping device causing each bucket to open and discharge its load at any desired point. All types of carriers are fed at intervals or continuously, and by hand or by means of automatic feeders, and all are automatic unloaders or are fitted with tripping and discharging appliances. See fig. 2. Carriers are given, various names, as apron-carrier, pivoted bucket-carrier, slat-carrier, etc. See conveyer, *elevator, *ramp, *feeder, and *discharger.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Carrier one who carries, esp. for hire
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    “A healthy attitude is contagious but don't wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier.”
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    Louise Bogan
    “Because language is the carrier of ideas, it is easy to believe that it should be very little else than such a carrier.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Carry
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. carier,—Low L. carricāre, to cart—L. carrus, a car.


In literature:

The difficulty with the carriers had in the meantime increased instead of diminishing.
"The History of the First West India Regiment" by A. B. Ellis
Hod carrier by trade.
"The Social Work of the Salvation Army" by Edwin Gifford Lamb
Three passenger carriers of the Northpolar Short Line reported crashed.
"Astounding Stories, May, 1931" by Various
From the carriers they extracted light-weight collapsible plastic domed shelters.
"The Thirst Quenchers" by Rick Raphael
These two values are determined separately and in ways that are quite independent of the carrier and his policy.
"Essentials of Economic Theory" by John Bates Clark
It is possible that a nation may be the carrier for the world, but she cannot be the merchant.
"The Writings Of Thomas Paine, Complete" by Thomas Paine
But somebody led Coburn into an office where this carrier's skipper was at his desk.
"The Invaders" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
Traveling carriers on either side of the dining rooms, run to and from the kitchen.
"Solaris Farm" by Milan C. Edson
On and on went the white members of the party, doing their best to keep the sturdy Indian pack-carriers well in sight.
"To Alaska for Gold" by Edward Stratemeyer
The labour of these water-carriers was not a very light one, as she used to drink a prodigious quantity.
"Tales from the German" by Various

In poetry:

Marquette and Joliet,
Carrier, La Salle,
Priest, corsair, gentleman,
Gallants one and all.
"French Pioneers" by Stephen Vincent Benet
The carrier is a poor old man—
See his gray locks, his wrinkles scan,
Look at him and admire!
His coat is thin, his jacket torn,
All but his fob and pockets worn —
Such is his poor attire.
"For The Carrier Of The Mirror. 1826" by John Gardiner Calkins Brainard
Or the basket-carriers you would meet
A man and a woman they were a pair!
The woman going beside his heel:
A straight-walking man with a streak of him bare,
And eyes that would give you a crafty stare.
"Dublin Roads" by Padraic Colum
What the heart is! which, like carriers let fly—
Doff darkness, homing nature knows the rest—
To its own fine function, wild and self-instressed,
Falls light as ten years long taught how to and why.
"The Handsome Heart" by Gerard Manley Hopkins
The husband, and a friend in store,
Burst from behind the cellar door,
Where through a chink, convenient made,
They knew whate'er was done or said.
Cursing and blasting he began,
Like any carrier, or his man.
"The Milkman" by William Hutton
The living to the rotting dead
The God-contemning Tuscan tied,
Till, by the way, or on his bed,
The poor corpse-carrier drooped and died,—
Lashed hand to hand, and face to face,
In fatal and in loathed embrace.
"Hymns and Odes for Temperance Occasions II: License Laws" by John Pierpont

In news:

Sensory optimized titanium dioxide dispersions typically rely on dimethicone coatings and silicone carrier oils to deliver an elegant skin feel.
Among all rated carriers in the survey, AT&T also dropped "significantly.".
Berkshire Hathaway has roughly a week to explain to the federal government how it will divest itself of two railroads, after the company revealed it owns two carriers other than BNSF Railway.
In emails to members, the Fort Worth-based carrier gave no explanation for the change other than that the new policy was adopted to.
As talks between US East and Gulf coast longshoremen and their employers continue, shipper groups continue to express concern about surcharges that carriers have said they may impose if there is a labor disruption.
Insurance carrier for homeowner where child was mauled pays $500,000 limit.
Last November, the bankrupt carrier proposed terminating up to four of its pension plans that were collectively underfunded by $8.3 billion.
If nothing else, last week's blog on the 2G sunset served to toss another log on the fire in the debate over how long the technology will last in the face of frequency harvesting by carriers.
The Delta Connection carriers now fly 153 seventy-six-seat jets, mainly Bombardier CRJ900s.
Watch this video that shows the automated loading of carriers and cases of 187-mL PET bottles of wine.
Vendor/Carrier Accountability: We'll Drink to That.
COAL CITY — Mr Gene D Dunning , 76, of Coal City, formerly of Carrier Mills, Ill.
The medical staff on an aircraft carrier are tasked with protecting the health of more than 3,000 servicemen on a floating city at war.
The USS Dwight D Eisenhower, nicknamed IKE, is one of 10 Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carriers in active service for the US Navy.
Cathay Pacific plans to offer new economy class seats on its aircraft in the third quarter at the earliest, in the Hong Kong-based carrier's latest effort to compete with other top airline brands.

In science:

The list of materials in which carriers are strongly interacting with each other and scatter by random impurities is quite long.
Interplay of Disorder and Correlations
The first term describes the hopping of carriers through the crystal specified by lattice sites i, j . εi denotes the fluctuating site energy - it introduces disorder into the model. U is the repulsion between two opposite spin electrons occupying the same site.
Interplay of Disorder and Correlations
For instance, in the composite fermion model of the Fractional Quantum Hall Effect, a (fictitious) random magnetic field is the environment which controls dynamics of effective charge carriers .
Paraxial propagation of a quantum charge in a random magnetic field
It is found that in a certain limit, RH is directly related to the density dependence of the Drude weight implying a simple picture for the change of sign of charge carriers in the vicinity of a Mott-Hubbard transition.
Reactive Hall response
This activity is partly motivated by the physics of high temperature superconductors viewed as doped Mott-Hubbard insulators and related Hall measurements showing a change of the sign of carriers with doping .
Reactive Hall response