Meaning of CARRIER in English

CARRIER

transcription, транскрипция: [ ˈker-ē-ər, ˈka-rē- ]

noun

Date: 14th century

1. : one that carries : bearer , messenger

2.

a. : an individual or organization engaged in transporting passengers or goods for hire

b. : a transportation line carrying mail between post offices

c. : a postal employee who delivers or collects mail

d. : one that delivers newspapers

e. : an entity (as a hole or an electron) capable of carrying an electric charge

3.

a. : a container for carrying

b. : a device or machine that carries : conveyor

4. : aircraft carrier

5.

a. : a bearer and transmitter of a causative agent of an infectious disease ; especially : one who carries the causative agent of a disease systemically but is asymptomatic or immune to it

b. : an individual (as one heterozygous for a recessive trait) having a specified gene that is not expressed or only weakly expressed in its phenotype

6.

a. : a usually inactive accessory substance : vehicle

a carrier for a drug or an insecticide

b. : a substance (as a catalyst) by whose agency some element or group is transferred from one compound to another

7.

a. : an electromagnetic wave or alternating current whose modulations are used as communications signals (as in radio, telephonic, or telegraphic transmissions)

b. : a telecommunication company

8. : an organization acting as an insurer

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.