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Noun: carrier  ker-ee-ur [N. Amer], ka-ree-u(r) [Brit]
  1. Someone whose employment involves carrying something
    "the bonds were transmitted by carrier";
    - 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 takeoffs and landings
    - aircraft carrier, flattop [US], 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
    - common carrier
     
  6. A radio wave that can be modulated in order to transmit a signal
    - carrier wave
     
  7. A man who delivers the mail
    - mailman [N. Amer], postman, mail carrier [N. Amer], letter carrier [N. Amer], postie [Brit]
     
  8. A boy who delivers newspapers
    - newsboy
     
  9. A rack attached to a vehicle; for carrying luggage, skis or the like
     
  10. (medicine) a person (or animal) who has some pathogen to which he is immune but who can pass it on to others
    - immune carrier
     
  11. (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

Derived forms: carriers

Type of: being, business, business concern, business organisation [Brit], business organization, chemical, chemical substance, combat ship, concern, deliverer, delivery boy, deliveryman, immune, organism, rack, radio emission, radio radiation, radio wave, self-propelled vehicle, transmitter, traveler [US], traveller [Brit, Cdn], vector, war vessel, warship

Encyclopedia: Carrier, OK