Barrel vs Carrier - What's the difference?

barrel | carrier |

As nouns the difference between barrel and carrier

is that barrel is (countable) a round vessel or cask, of greater length than breadth, and bulging in the middle, made of staves bound with hoops, and having flat ends or heads sometimes applied to a similar cylindrical container made of metal, usually called a drum while carrier is a person or object that carries someone or something else.

As a verb barrel

is to put or to pack in a barrel or barrels.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?



(wikipedia barrel) of a winery in (Trnava), (Slovakia).


(en noun)
  • (countable) A round vessel or cask, of greater length than breadth, and bulging in the middle, made of staves bound with hoops, and having flat ends or heads. Sometimes applied to a similar cylindrical container made of metal, usually called a drum.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-08-03, volume=408, issue=8847, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Yesterday’s fuel , passage=The dawn of the oil age was fairly recent. Although the stuff was used to waterproof boats in the Middle East 6,000 years ago, extracting it in earnest began only in 1859 after an oil strike in Pennsylvania. The first barrels of crude fetched $18 (around $450 at today’s prices).}}
  • The quantity which constitutes a full barrel. This varies for different articles and also in different places for the same article, being regulated by custom or by law. A barrel of wine is 31 ½ gallons; a barrel of flour is 196 pounds; of beer 31 gallons; of ale 32 gallons; of crude oil 42 gallons.
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  • A solid drum, or a hollow cylinder or case;
  • A metallic tube, as of a gun, from which a projectile is discharged.
  • (archaic) A tube.
  • (zoology) The hollow basal part of a feather.
  • (music) The part of a clarinet which connects the mouthpiece and upper joint, and looks rather like a barrel (1).
  • (surfing) A wave that breaks with a hollow compartment.
  • A waste receptacle.
  • The ribs and belly of a horse or pony.
  • (obsolete) A jar.
  • * Bible , 1 Kings 17:12, King James Version:
  • And she said, As the Lord thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel , and a little oil in a cruse:
  • *:: compare the New International Version:
  • *::: "As surely as the LORD your God lives," she replied, "I don't have any bread--only a handful of flour in a jar and a little olive oil in a jug.
  • (biology) Any of the dark-staining regions in the somatosensory cortex of rodents, etc., where somatosensory inputs from the contralateral side of the body come in from the thalamus.
  • See also

    * cooper


  • To put or to pack in a barrel or barrels.
  • To move quickly or in an uncontrolled manner.
  • He came barrelling around the corner and I almost hit him.
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  • Snow shattered and spilled down the slope. Within seconds, the avalanche was the size of more than a thousand cars barreling down the mountain and weighed millions of pounds.



    (English Carrier) (Carrier Pigeon) (Homing Pigeon)


    (en noun)
  • A person or object that carries someone or something else.
  • aircraft carrier
    armored personnel carrier
  • * Francis Bacon
  • The air which is but a carrier of the sounds.
  • A carrier pigeon, a newspaperese term (misnomer) for a homing pigeon, racing pigeon, racing homer, homer.
  • An Old English carrier pigeon or Old English carrier (the "King of the Doos").
  • A person or company in the business of shipping freight.
  • * Jonathan Swift
  • The roads are crowded with carriers , laden with rich manufactures.
  • A person or animal that transmits a disease to others without itself contracting the disease.
  • A signal such as radio, sound, or light that is modulated to transmit information.
  • A mobile network operator; wireless carrier.
  • An inert material added to an active ingredient to aid in the application and/or the effectiveness of active ingredient.
  • A certified airline.
  • * 2013 Dec. 22, Jad Mouawad and Martha C. White, "[]," New York Times (retrieved 23 December 2013):
  • *:Southwest, the nation’s largest domestic carrier , is installing seats with less cushion and thinner materials — a svelte model known in the business as “slim-line.”
  • (engineering) That which drives or carries.
  • # A piece which communicates to an object in a lathe the motion of the faceplate; a lathe dog.
  • # A spool holder or bobbin holder in a braiding machine.
  • # A movable piece in magazine guns which transfers the cartridge to a position from which it can be thrust into the barrel.
  • Usage notes

    * The term carrier pigeon'' is often used, especially in newspaper and magazine articles, for a homing pigeon or racing pigeon that carries messages. Many pigeon fanciers (particularly homer men]] and homer women) consider this to be a misnomer because the term is outdated and originally referred to the ancestors of present-day [[Old English carrier, Old English carriers. These "carrier pigeons" were formerly used to carry messages before the modern homing pigeon was developed in the 1800s (initially in Belgium and Britain), but is today strictly an exhibition pigeon or show pigeon that has mostly lost its strong homing instinct. The "carrier pigeon" was also one of the breeds used to develop the modern homing pigeon and therefore does have some "carrier blood" in it.The Carrier, or certainly the Horseman, was the first breed used in England for message-bearing purposes. The name, “Carrier Pigeon,” is still used today erroneously by many writers, especially in newspapers and periodicals, to describe the true Racing Homer. The Carrier today has been developed into a show bird alone, its homing propensities having long since ceased to be developed. — Wendell M. Levi, ''The Pigeon, 1941 (Renewed 1968), 1946, 1957, and 1963; p57.

    Derived terms

    * aircraft carrier * armored personnel carrier, armoured personnel carrier * banner carrier * carrier bag * carrier set * Old English Carrier pigeon, Old English Carrier, English Carrier pigeon, English Carrier, Carrier pigeon, Carrier * carrier pigeon (a misnomer for the homing pigeon, racing pigeon, homer) * carrier wave * charge carrier * common carrier * flag carrier * people carrier