Car"ry (?), n.; pl.
Carries (#). A tract of land, over which
boats or goods are carried between two bodies of navigable water;
a carrying place; a portage. [U.S.]
Car"ry, v. i. 1.
To act as a bearer; to convey anything; as, to fetch and
2. To have propulsive power; to propel;
as, a gun or mortar carries well.
3. To hold the head; -- said of a horse;
as, to carry well i. e., to hold the head high, with
4. (Hunting) To have earth or
frost stick to the feet when running, as a hare.
To carry on, to behave in a wild, rude,
or romping manner. [Colloq.]
Car"ry (?), v. t. [imp. &
p. p. Carried (?); p. pr. & vb.
n. Carrying.] [OF. carier,
charier, F. carrier, to cart, from OF. car,
char, F. car, car. See Car.]
1. To convey or transport in any manner from
one place to another; to bear; -- often with away or
When he dieth he small carry nothing
Ps. xiix. 17.
Devout men carried Stephen to his
Acts viii, 2.
Another carried the intelligence to
The sound will be carried, at the least,
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
If the ideas . . . were carried along with
us in our minds.
3. To move; to convey by force; to impel;
to conduct; to lead or guide.
Go, carry Sir John Falstaff to the
He carried away all his cattle.
Gen. xxxi. 18.
Passion and revenge will carry them too
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
The carrying of our main point.
7. To get possession of by force; to
The town would have been carried in the
8. To contain; to comprise; to bear the
aspect of ; to show or exhibit; to imply.
He thought it carried something of argument
It carries too great an imputation of
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
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.