1. One who, or that which, bears, sustains, or carries. “Bearers of burdens.” --2 Chron. ii. 18. “The bearer of unhappy news.”
2. Specifically: One who assists in carrying a body to the grave; a pallbearer.
3. A palanquin carrier; also, a house servant. [India]
4. A tree or plant yielding fruit; as, a good bearer.
5. Com. One who holds a check, note, draft, or other order for the payment of money; as, pay to bearer.
6. Print. A strip of reglet or other furniture to bear off the impression from a blank page; also, a type or type-high piece of metal interspersed in blank parts to support the plate when it is shaved.
n 1: someone whose employment involves carrying something; "the
bonds were transmitted by carrier" [syn: carrier, toter]
2: a messenger who bears or presents; "a bearer of good
3: one of the mourners carrying the coffin at a funeral [syn: pallbearer]
4: the person who is in possession of a check or note or bond
or document of title that is endorsed to him or to whoever
holds it; "the bond was marked `payable to bearer'" [syn: