General English

General Science

  • verb to move something from one place to another



  • verb to keep livestock such as cattle on farmland


  • verb to take somebody or something from one place to another


  • verb to keep in stock


  • noun an extra digit due to an addition result being greater than the number base used


  • noun a quality in the wicket that imparts consistently good (but not excessive) bounce to the ball after it pitches
    Citation ‘Peter Marron’s pitch otherwise proved well worth Michael Vaughan’s winning the toss: it was hard, with carry that lasted the whole match, and abrasive’ (Haigh 2005)
  • noun the amount of momentum in a ball that has been hit in the air
    Citation ‘His top edge steepled towards long leg and seemed as if it might have enough carry to take him to his hundred’ (Mike Selvey, Guardian 1 December 2005)
  • verb (of a ball struck by the batsman) to continue in flight without touching the ground, especially so as to reach and be caught by a fielder
    Citation ‘There is much less walking and rather more appealing, but people do not claim catches which do not carry’ (Peter Roebuck, Cricketer November 1982)


  • In arithmetic, the transferring of a digit to another column. For example, moving a digit to the column of the next higher position when the sum of the digits in a column exceeds the base of the number system.
  • In computers and counters, a signal, such as a carry flag, which indicates that there is a carry (1).



  • (written as Carry)
    The total expense due to interest derived from borrowing to finance an investment. Calculating the carry of an investment is necessary in order to determine whether a foreign exchange trading strategy will be profitable, if the strategy involves borrowing an amount of one currency to purchase an amount of a different currency in anticipation of favorable exchange rate movements.

Media Studies


  • verb to be infected with but not necessarily affected by a transmissible disease


  • verb to vote to approve a proposal
  • verb to keep the support of someone
  • verb to be punished with a particular form of punishment
  • verb to accept responsibility for something
  • verb to win an election in a particular place


  • verb to be able to contain a particular number of passengers

Origin & History of “carry”

For such a basic and common word, carry has a surprisingly brief history. It does not go back to some prehistoric Indo-European root, but was formed less than 1000 years ago in Anglo-Norman or Old Northern French, on the basis of carre or car (immediate source of English car). The verb carier thus meant literally ‘transport in a wheeled vehicle’. this sense was carried over into English, and though it has since largely given way to the more general ‘convey’, it is preserved in the derivative carriage, in such expressions as ‘carriage paid’.