carrier-n; 14 Senses

Sense Number 1: an employee who delivers things, e.g. mail

Commentary: CARRIER[+employee][+deliverer][+mail/+newspaper/+groceries]
NOTE: focus is on the ongoing role or service provided

The postal carriers are going on strike.
Our regular carrier always throws the newspapers right up on the porch.
The carriers for that home delivery service wear pink uniforms.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 7, 8

Sense Number 2: a bearer who bodily conveys something, e.g, supplies

Commentary: CARRIER[+employee][+bearer][+water/+ball/+supplies]
NOTE: focus is on the specific physical act of someone transporting something

The water carriers hold the jugs atop their heads.
Number forty-two is the ball carrier and makes it to the nine yard line.
John got a couple of spear carrier parts in low budget Hollywood films. (figurative, minor role in crowd scene)
The hod carrier brought more bricks to the bricklayers.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 3: a vehicle or vessel that transports cargo or passengers

Commentary: CARRIER[+conveyor][+vehicle]

Two personnel carriers were destroyed by mortar fire.
That's the largest timber carrier ever to dock in a Malaysian port.
They can deploy those troop carriers by cargo plane.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2

Sense Number 4: a naval warship bearing aircraft

Commentary: CARRIER[+ship][+naval][+war]

During Operation Desert Storm four aircraft carriers were patrolling the Persian Gulf.
Fighter jets are launched by steam catapult off the deck of a carrier.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3

Sense Number 5: a device to hold or transport items

Commentary: CARRIER[+device][+holder][+basket/+rack]

Mary has a luggage carrier behind the seat on her bicycle.
That car carrier is loaded with six new SUVs.
The sales clerk gave me a plastic carrier bag for my purchases.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 10

Sense Number 6: a transportation business

Commentary: CARRIER[+business][+shipping][+passengers/+cargo]

That cargo carrier delivers mostly to businesses, not private residences.
Several major U.S. carriers have placed orders for the new passenger jet.
These common carriers ship over half the produce to the northeast.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 5

Sense Number 7: an insurance business

Commentary: CARRIER[+business][+insurance][+life/+shipping/+medical]

John needs to find out who the carrier is of his father's life insurance policy.
Their shipping firm has decided to go with another carrier for their insurance.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 8

Sense Number 8: a telecommunications business

Commentary: CARRIER[+business][+telecommunications]

That carrier has installed thousands of new cell towers across the country.
The possible merger of those carriers is under review by the FCC.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 7b

Sense Number 9: an organism carrying a masked recessive gene

Commentary: CARRIER[+organism][+trait][+genetic][+recessive]

If both parents are carriers of the recessive gene for Tay-Sacks, their children will be afflicted with it.
This pea plant is a carrier of the recessive gene for yellow color, but itself has peas of green color.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 11

Sense Number 10: an organism carrying a pathogen, but not showing symptoms

Commentary: CARRIER[+organism][+pathogen][-symptom]

These birds may be carriers of the virus, even though they are not yet sick from it.
Although Mary felt well, she was a carrier of influenza that she picked up during her trip abroad.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 9

Sense Number 11: inactive chemical substance acting as a catalyst

Commentary: CARRIER[+substance][+chemical][+inactive][+catalyst]

The pharmaceutical company has patented a carrier for these drugs that must pass the blood-brain barrier.
A catalyst is a carrier or facilitator of a chemical reaction without itself becoming part of the reaction.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 4

Sense Number 12: a particle holding, or capable of holding, electric charge

Commentary: CARRIER[+particle][+charge][+capacity]

Electrons and ions are examples of electric charge carriers.
In semi-conductor physics, the travelling vacancies in the valance-band electron population, (holes) are treated as charge carriers.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 2e

Sense Number 13: a modulated radio wave that can convey a signal

Commentary: CARRIERS[+wave][+electromagnetic][+radio][+modulated]

The modulating signal can be multiplied by the carrier wave using a frequency mixer.
AM radio uses a form of modulation where the amplitude of a carrier wave is varied in direct proportion to that of a modulating signal.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 6

Sense Number 14: none of the above

Commentary: Automatically generated NOTA sense (bbn)