Carrick bend(Naut.), a kind of knot, used for bending together hawsers or other ropes.Carrick bitts(Naut.), the bitts which support the windlass. Totten.

(Car"ri*er) n. [From Carry.]

1. One who, or that which, carries or conveys; a messenger.

The air which is but . . . a carrier of the sounds.

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

The roads are crowded with carriers, laden with rich manufactures.

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.

Carrier pigeon(Zoöl.), a variety of the domestic pigeon used to convey letters from a distant point to to its home.Carrier shell(Zoöl.), 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.

(Car"ri*on) n. [OE. caroyne, OF. caroigne, F. charogne, LL. caronia, fr. L. caro flesh Cf. Crone, Crony.]

1. The dead and putrefying body or flesh of an animal; flesh so corrupted as to be unfit for food.

They did eat the dead carrions.

2. A contemptible or worthless person; — a term of reproach. [Obs.] "Old feeble carrions." Shak.

(Car"ri*on), a. Of or pertaining to dead and putrefying carcasses; feeding on carrion.

A prey for carrion kites.

Carrion beetle(Zoöl.), any beetle that feeds habitually on dead animals; — also called sexton beetle and burying beetle. There are many kinds, belonging mostly to the family Silphidæ.Carrion buzzard (Zoöl.), a South American bird of several species and genera (as Ibycter, Milvago, and Polyborus), which act as scavengers. See Caracara.Carrion crow, the common European crow (Corvus corone) which feeds on carrion, insects, fruits, and seeds.

(Car"rol) n. (Arch.) See 4th Carol.

(Car"rom) n. (Billiards) See Carom.

(Car`ron*ade) n. [From Carron, in Scotland where it was first made.] (Med.) A kind of short cannon, formerly in use, designed to throw a large projectile with small velocity, used for the purpose of breaking or smashing in, rather than piercing, the object aimed at, as the side of a ship. It has no trunnions, but is supported on its carriage by a bolt passing through a loop on its under side.

Carriageable to Cartilagineous

(Car"riage*a*ble) a. Passable by carriages; that can be conveyed in carriages. [R.] Ruskin.

(Car"ri*boo) n. See Caribou.

(Car"rick) n. (Naut.) A carack. See Carack.

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