In elementary arithmetic a carry is a digit that is transferred from one column of digits to another column of more significant digits during a calculation algorithm. When used in subtraction the operation is called a borrow. It is a central part of traditional mathematics, but is often omitted from curricula based on reform mathematics, which do not emphasize any specific method to find a correct answer.

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  1. A manner of transporting or lifting something; the grip or position in which something is carried.
    Adjust your carry from time to time so that you don't tire too quickly.
  2. A tract of land over which boats or goods are carried between two bodies of navigable water; a portage.
  3. The bit or digit that is carried in an addition.


  1. To lift (something) and take it to another place; to transport (something) by lifting.
  2. To transfer from one place (such as a country, book, or column) to another.
    to carry the war from Greece into Asia
    to carry an account to the ledger
  3. To convey by extension or continuance; to extend.
    The builders are going to carry the chimney through the roof.
    They would have carried the road ten miles further, but ran out of materials.
  4. To move; to convey by force; to impel; to conduct; to lead or guide.
  5. To stock or supply (something).
  6. To adopt (something); take (something) over.
  7. To adopt or resolve upon, especially in a deliberative assembly; as, to carry a motion.
  8. In an addition, to transfer the quantity in excess of what is countable in the units in a column to the column immediately to the left in order to be added there.
  9. To have or maintain (something).
  10. To be transmitted; to travel.
  11. To insult, to diss.
  12. To capture a ship by coming alongside and boarding.
  13. To transport (the ball) whilst maintaining possession.
  14. To have on one's "person" (see examples).
  15. To have propulsive power; to propel.
  16. To hold the head; said of a horse.
  17. To have earth or frost stick to the feet when running, as a hare.
  18. To bear or uphold successfully through conflict, as a leader or principle; hence, to succeed in, as in a contest; to bring to a successful issue; to win.
    The Tories carried the election.
  19. To get possession of by force; to capture.
  20. To contain; to comprise; to bear the aspect of; to show or exhibit; to imply.
  21. To bear (oneself); to behave or conduct.
  22. To bear the charges or burden of holding or having, as stocks, merchandise, etc., from one time to another.
    A merchant is carrying a large stock; a farm carries a mortgage; a broker carries stock for a customer; to carry a life insurance.

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