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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.
Related forms
common-carrier, adjective
common carriage, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • As early as 1732 some common-carrier lines had wagons which would carry a few passengers.

    Home Life in Colonial Days Alice Morse Earle
  • That's common-carrier while the Fair Grounds isn't running up there.

    The Syndic C.M. Kornbluth
  • We don't make any profit on common-carrier service, the rates are too low, but we owe it to the public that supports us.

    The Syndic C.M. Kornbluth
British Dictionary definitions for common-carrier

common carrier

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.
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