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common carrier

Transportation. (in federal regulatory and other legal usage) a carrier offering its services at published rates to all persons for interstate transportation.
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.
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common-carrier, adjective
common carriage, noun Unabridged
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  • The bolt connecting the bolsters C and E is a common carriage bolt, 5 in.

  • The most common carriage is the volante, but there are some carriages in the English style, with servants in livery on the box.

    To Cuba and Back Richard Henry Dana
British Dictionary definitions for common carriage

common carrier

a person or firm engaged in the business of transporting goods or passengers
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common carriage 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.

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