Carrier pigeon
Carrier Car"ri*er, n. [From {Carry}.] 1. One who, or that which, carries or conveys; a messenger. [1913 Webster]

The air which is but . . . a carrier of the sounds. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

2. One who is employed, or makes it his business, to carry goods for others for hire; a porter; a teamster. [1913 Webster]

The roads are crowded with carriers, laden with rich manufactures. --Swift. [1913 Webster]

3. (Mach.) That which drives or carries; as: (a) A piece which communicates to an object in a lathe the motion of the face plate; a lathe dog. (b) 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. [1913 Webster]

{Carrier pigeon} (Zo["o]l.), a variety of the domestic pigeon used to convey letters from a distant point to to its home.

{Carrier shell} (Zo["o]l.), a univalve shell of the genus {Phorus}; -- so called because it fastens bits of stones and broken shells to its own shell, to such an extent as almost to conceal it.

{Common carrier} (Law.) See under {Common}, a. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • carrier pigeon — carrier .pigeon n a ↑pigeon (=type of bird) that has been trained to carry messages …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • carrier pigeon — carrier ,pigeon noun count a PIGEON that has been trained to carry messages …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • carrier pigeon — ► NOUN ▪ a homing pigeon trained to carry messages …   English terms dictionary

  • carrier pigeon — n. 1. former name for HOMING PIGEON 2. any of a breed of large show pigeons with big wattles …   English World dictionary

  • Carrier pigeon — A Carrier pigeon is a Homing Pigeon (specifically a domesticated Rock Pigeon, Columba livia ) that has been used to carry messages. Using pigeons to carry messages is generally called pigeon post. Most homing/racing type varieties can be used to… …   Wikipedia

  • carrier pigeon — noun a homing pigeon used to carry messages • Hypernyms: ↑homing pigeon, ↑homer * * * noun, pl ⋯ geons [count] : a type of pigeon that is trained to carry messages * * * ˈcarrier pigeon [carrier pigeon carrier pigeons] …   Useful english dictionary

  • carrier pigeon — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms carrier pigeon : singular carrier pigeon plural carrier pigeons a pigeon that has been trained to carry messages …   English dictionary

  • carrier pigeon — Homing Hom ing (h[=o]m [i^]ng), p. a. Home returning; used specifically of carrier pigeons. [1913 Webster] {Homing pigeon}, any pigeon trained to return home from a distance. Also called {carrier pigeon}. Most are bred from the domestic pigeon… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • carrier pigeon — pigeon which is used to carry and deliver messages …   English contemporary dictionary

  • carrier pigeon — Synonyms and related words: Aquarius, Ganymede, Hebe, bearer, bheesty, busboy, caddie, cargo handler, carrier, carter, common carrier, conveyer, coolie, cupbearer, drayman, express, expressman, freighter, gun bearer, hauler, homer, homing pigeon …   Moby Thesaurus

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