Car·ry v. t. [imp. & p. p. Carried p. pr. & vb. n. Carrying.]
1. To convey or transport in any manner from one place to another; to bear; -- often with away or off.
When he dieth he shall carry nothing away. --Ps. xiix. 17.
Devout men carried Stephen to his burial. --Acts viii, 2.
Another carried the intelligence to Russell. --Macaulay.
The sound will be carried, at the least, twenty miles. --Bacon.
2. To have or hold as a burden, while moving from place to place; to have upon or about one's person; to bear; as, to carry a wound; to carry an unborn child.
If the ideas . . . were carried along with us in our minds. --Locke.
3. To move; to convey by force; to impel; to conduct; to lead or guide.
Go, carry Sir John Falstaff to the Fleet. --Shak.
He carried away all his cattle. --Gen. xxxi. 18.
Passion and revenge will carry them too far. --Locke.
4. To transfer from one place (as a country, book, or column) to another; as, to carry the war from Greece into Asia; to carry an account to the ledger; to carry a number in adding figures.
5. To convey by extension or continuance; to extend; as, to carry the chimney through the roof; to carry a road ten miles farther.
6. To bear or uphold successfully through conflict, as a leader or principle; hence, to succeed in, as in a contest; to bring to a successful issue; to win; as, to carry an election. “The greater part carries it.”
The carrying of our main point. --Addison.
7. To get possession of by force; to capture.
The town would have been carried in the end. --Bacon.
8. To contain; to comprise; to bear the aspect of ; to show or exhibit; to imply.
He thought it carried something of argument in it. --Watts.
It carries too great an imputation of ignorance. --Lacke.
9. To bear (one's self); to behave, to conduct or demean; -- with the reflexive pronouns.
He carried himself so insolently in the house, and out of the house, to all persons, that he became odious. --Clarendon.
10. To bear the charges or burden of holding or having, as stocks, merchandise, etc., from one time to another; as, a merchant is carrying a large stock; a farm carries a mortgage; a broker carries stock for a customer; to carry a life insurance.
Carry arms Mil. Drill, a command of the Manual of Arms directing the soldier to hold his piece in the right hand, the barrel resting against the hollow of the shoulder in a nearly perpendicular position. In this position the soldier is said to stand, and the musket to be held, at carry.
To carry all before one, to overcome all obstacles; to have uninterrupted success.
To carry arms (a) To bear weapons. (b) To serve as a soldier.
To carry away. (a) Naut. to break off; to lose; as, to carry away a fore-topmast. (b) To take possession of the mind; to charm; to delude; as, to be carried by music, or by temptation.
To carry coals, to bear indignities tamely, a phrase used by early dramatists, perhaps from the mean nature of the occupation. --Halliwell.
To carry coals to Newcastle, to take things to a place where they already abound; to lose one's labor.
To carry off (a) To remove to a distance. (b) To bear away as from the power or grasp of others. (c) To remove from life; as, the plague carried off thousands.
To carry on (a) To carry farther; to advance, or help forward; to continue; as, to carry on a design. (b) To manage, conduct, or prosecute; as, to carry on husbandry or trade.
To carry out. (a) To bear from within. (b) To put into execution; to bring to a successful issue. (c) To sustain to the end; to continue to the end.
To carry through. (a) To convey through the midst of. (b) To support to the end; to sustain, or keep from falling, or being subdued. “Grace will carry us . . . through all difficulties.” --Hammond. (c) To complete; to bring to a successful issue; to succeed.
To carry up, to convey or extend in an upward course or direction; to build.
To carry weight. (a) To be handicapped; to have an extra burden, as when one rides or runs. “He carries weight, he rides a race” --Cowper. (b) To have influence.
n : the act of carrying something
v 1: move while supporting, either in a vehicle or in one's hands
or on one's body; "You must carry your camping gear";
"carry the suitcases to the car"; "This train is
carrying nuclear waste"; "These pipes carry waste water
into the river" [syn: transport]
2: have with oneself; have on one's person; "She always takes
an umbrella"; "I always carry money"; "She packs a gun
when she goes into the mountains" [syn: pack, take]
3: transmit or serve as the medium for transmission; "Sound
carries well over water"; "The airwaves carry the sound";
"Many metals conduct heat" [syn: conduct, transmit, convey,
4: serve as a means for expressing something; "The painting of
Mary carries motherly love"; "His voice carried a lot af
anger" [syn: convey, express]
5: bear or be able to bear the weight, pressure,or
responsibility of; "His efforts carried the entire
project"; "How many credits is this student carrying?";
"We carry a very large mortgage"
6: support or hold in a certain manner; "She holds her head
high"; "He carried himself upright" [syn: hold, bear]
7: contain or hold; have within; "The jar carries wine"; "The
canteen holds fresh water"; "This can contains water"
[syn: hold, bear, contain]
8: extend to a certain degree; "carry too far"; "She carries
her ideas to the extreme"
9: continue or extend; "The civil war carried into the
neighboring province"; "The disease extended into the
remote mountain provinces" [syn: extend]
10: be necessarily associated with or result in or involve;
"This crime carries a penalty of five years in prison"
11: win in an election; "The senator carried his home state"
12: include, as on a list; "How many people are carried on the
13: behave in a certain manner; "She carried herself well"; "he
bore himself with dignity"; "They conducted themselves
well during these difficult times" [syn: behave, acquit,
bear, deport, conduct, comport]
14: have on hand; "Do you carry kerosene heaters?" [syn: stock,
15: include as the content; broadcast or publicize; "We ran the
ad three times"; "This paper carries a restaurant
review"; "All major networks carried the press
conference" [syn: run]
16: propel, "Carry the ball"; "dribble the ball" [syn: dribble]
17: pass on a communication; "The news was carried to every
village in the province"
18: have as an inherent or characteristic feature or have as a
consequence; "This new washer carries a two year
guarantee"; "The loan carries a high interest rate";
"this undertaking carries many dangers"; "She carries her
mother's genes"; "These bonds carry warrants"; "The
restaurant carries an unusual name"
19: be conveyed over a certain distance; "Her voice carries very
well in this big opera house"
20: keep up with financial support; "The Federal Government
carried the province for many years"
21: have or possess something abstract; "I carry her image in my
mind's eye"; "I will carry the secret to my grave"; "I
carry these thoughts in the back of my head"; "I carry a
lot of life insurance"
22: win approval or support for; "Carry all before one"; "His
speech did not sway the voters" [syn: persuade, sway]
23: compensate for a weaker partner or member by one's own
performance; "I resent having to carry her all the time"
24: take further or advance; "carry a cause"
25: have on the surface or on the skin; "carry scars"
26: capture after a fight; "The troops carried the town after a
27: transfer (entries) from one account book to another [syn: post]
28: transfer (a number, cipher, or remainder) to the next column
or unit's place before or after, in addition or
multiplication; "put down 5 and carry 2"
29: pursue a line of scent or be a bearer; "the dog was taught
to fetch and carry"
30: bear (a crop); "this land does not carry olives"
31: propel or give impetus to; "The sudden gust of air propelled
the ball to the other side of the fence"
32: drink alcohol without showing ill effects; "He can hold his
liquor"; "he had drunk more than he could carry" [syn: hold]
33: be able to feed; "This land will carry ten cows to the acre"
34: have a certain range; "This rifle carries for 3,000 feet"
35: cover a certain distance or advance beyond; "The drive
carried to the green"
36: secure the passage or adoption (of bills and motions); "The
motion carried easily"
37: be successful in; "She lost the game but carried the match"
38: sing or play against other voices or parts; "He cannot carry
39: be pregnant with; "She is bearing his child"; "The are
expecting another child in January"; "I am carrying his
child" [syn: have a bun in the oven, bear, gestate,