1. A wheeled vehicle, especially a four-wheeled horse-drawn passenger vehicle, often of an elegant design.
2. Chiefly British A railroad passenger car.
3. A baby carriage.
4. A wheeled support or frame for carrying a heavy object, such as a cannon.
5. A moving part of a machine for holding or shifting another part: the carriage of a typewriter.
a. The act or process of transporting or carrying.
b. (kărē-ĭj) The cost of or the charge for transporting.
7. The manner of holding and moving one's head and body; bearing. See Synonyms at posture.
8. Archaic Management; administration.
[Middle English cariage, from Norman French, from Old North French carier, to carry; see CARRY.]
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cannon mounted on a carriage, Chickamauga and Chattanooga Battlefield and National Military Park
Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia
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