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.
Car·ry·ing, n. The act or business of transporting from one place to another.
Carrying place, a carry; a portage.
Carrying trade, the business of transporting goods, etc., from one place or country to another by water or land; freighting.
We are rivals with them in . . . the carrying trade. --Jay.