Bearer


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Bearer

The owner of a security or other instrument. One may bear any type of security. While technically a bearer is identical to a holder, the term "bearer" implies one who holds a security with no ownership information, automatically making the bearer the presumed owner.
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The bearers went on for twenty paces, then stopped, putting the bier down on the ground.
The millmen resolved to bestow public honors on Dominicus Pike, only hesitating whether to tar and feather him, ride him on a rail, or refresh him with an ablution at the town pump, on the top of which he had declared himself the bearer of the news.
George, my dear friend," says Grandfather Smallweed, removing his right arm from the neck of one of his bearers, whom he has nearly throttled coming along, "how de do?
Forty bearers carried our presents to Bekwando and it took us three months to get through.
If this person you speak of is really the bearer of a letter from there," he added, "I think we can both guess what it is about.
Here is a note from her, entreating you to accede to the request of Mr Mortimer Lightwood, the bearer.
The shoulder of one of the tramping bearers knocked heavily against the spectral soldier who was staring into the unknown.
So after we were rested a little, and the Kafirs had cut out the hearts of two of the dead elephants for supper, we started homewards, very well pleased with our day's work, having made up our minds to send the bearers on the morrow to chop away the tusks.
As the bearers, among whom was Anna Mikhaylovna, passed the young man he caught a momentary glimpse between their heads and backs of the dying man's high, stout, uncovered chest and powerful shoulders, raised by those who were holding him under the armpits, and of his gray, curly, leonine head.
They played the National air called "The Oz Spangled Banner," and behind them were the standard bearers with the Royal flag.
Bumble had already arrived, accompanied by four men from the workhouse, who were to act as bearers.
To live respected, and have the proper bearers at your funeral, was an achievement of the ends of existence that would be entirely nullified if, on the reading of your will, you sank in the opinion of your fellow-men, either by turning out to be poorer than they expected, or by leaving your money in a capricious manner, without strict regard to degrees of kin.