Carry \Car"ry\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Carried
; p. pr. & vb. n.
.] [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 off.
When he dieth he shall carry nothing away. --Ps.
Devout men carried Stephen to his burial. --Acts
Another carried the intelligence to Russell.
The sound will be carried, at the least, twenty
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
3. To move; to convey by force; to impel; to conduct; to lead
Go, carry Sir John Falstaff to the Fleet. --Shak.
He carried away all his cattle. --Gen. xxxi.
Passion and revenge will carry them too far.
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
5. To convey by extension or continuance; to extend; as, to
carry the chimney through the roof; to carry a road ten
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." --Shak.
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.
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.
It carries too great an imputation of ignorance.
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.
(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
To carry all before one
, to overcome all obstacles; to have
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
(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
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
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
(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
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
(b) To have influence.