AskDefine | Define carrier

Dictionary Definition



1 someone whose employment involves carrying something; "the bonds were transmitted by carrier" [syn: bearer, toter]
2 a self-propelled wheeled vehicle designed specifically to carry something; "refrigerated carriers have revolutionized the grocery business"
3 a large warship that carries planes and has a long flat deck for take-offs and landings [syn: aircraft carrier, flattop, attack aircraft carrier]
4 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
5 a person or firm in the business of transporting people or goods or messages [syn: common carrier]
6 a radio wave that can be modulated in order to transmit a signal [syn: carrier wave]
7 a man who delivers the mail [syn: mailman, postman, mail carrier, letter carrier]
8 a boy who delivers newspapers [syn: newsboy]
9 a person who has some pathogen to which he is immune but who can pass it on to others [syn: immune carrier]
10 a rack attached to a vehicle; for carrying luggage or skis or the like

User Contributed Dictionary



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  1. A person or object that carries someone or something else.
    aircraft carrier
    armored personnel carrier
  2. A company in the business of shipping freight.
  3. A person or animal that transmits a disease to others without itself contracting the disease.
  4. A signal such as radio, sound, or light that is modulated to transmit information.
  5. A mobile network operator; wireless carrier


person or object that carries someone or something else
company in the business of shipping freight
person or animal transmitting a disease without contracting it
signal modulated to transmit information

Extensive Definition

Carrier has various meanings:
In Science (physics, electronics, biology, mathematics, chemistry and other sciences):
Ethnography and geography:
  • Wireless carrier, an organization that operates a wireless network for mobile phones
  • Common carrier, an organization that transports a product or service using its facilities, or those of other carriers, and offers its services to the general public
  • Carrier Corporation, the air conditioning and commercial refrigeration manufacturing division of United Technologies, named after its founder, Willis Carrier
  • Carrier (telephony, networking), A term used to refer to various telephone companies that provide local, long distance or value added services. A system or systems whereby many channels of electrical information can be carried over a single transmission path
  • CARRIERS-interconnect, software company that offers products and solutions for worldwide telecommunication businesses
  • Mail carrier, a postal worker
carrier in German: Carrier
carrier in French: Carrier
carrier in Dutch: Carrier
carrier in Polish: Nośnik
carrier in Slovak: Nosič

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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