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common carrier

noun
1.
Transportation. (in federal regulatory and other legal usage) a carrier offering its services at published rates to all persons for interstate transportation.
2.
a public service or public utility company, as a telephone or telegraph company, engaged in the transmitting of messages for the public.
Also called carrier.
Related forms
common-carrier, adjective
common carriage, noun
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  • The liability of a telegraph company is quite unlike that of a common carrier.
  • The common carrier industry can use this information to develop solutions to industry problems identified in consumer complaints.
British Dictionary definitions for common carrier

common carrier

noun
1.
a person or firm engaged in the business of transporting goods or passengers
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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common carrier in Culture

common carrier definition


A company or individual providing public transportation on a regular basis in return for a fee that is uniformly charged to all users.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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common carrier in Technology

communications, company
(Or "phone company") A private company that offers telecommunications services to the public.
(1995-03-20)

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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