car·​a·​bi·​ner | \ ˌker-ə-ˈbē-nər How to pronounce carabiner (audio) , ˌka-rə-\
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Definition of carabiner

: a usually D-shaped or oblong metal ring with one spring-hinged side that is used especially in mountain climbing as a connector and to hold a freely running rope

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Image: DPReview Canon is turning to Indiegogo to crowdfund the Ivy Rec, a tiny outdoor camera built into a keychain carabiner. Dami Lee, The Verge, "Canon is crowdfunding a tiny clippable camera that connects to your phone," 3 July 2019 By the first decade of the 20th century, pioneers were experimenting with first-generation climbing inventions such as steel carabiners and soft iron ring pitons. Freddie Wilkinson, National Geographic, "Rock climbing: from ancient practice to Olympic sport," 14 Mar. 2019 Available in long and short versions suspended from thick leather belts dangling with carabiners and key chains, the one-off pieces come in shocks of citrus orange and earthy green, dotted with hand embroidered Bulgarian patterns. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "This English-Bulgarian Brand Is Making Fantastical Traditional Dress," 17 May 2019 My vestments consisted of a safety helmet and a full-body harness secured to the Spider’s basket by a chain and carabiner. Cullen Murphy, WSJ, "The Sistine Chapel: A Rare Behind-the-Scenes Look at How Its Masterpieces Are Maintained," 26 Mar. 2019 For decades, lightweight fleece jackets could be found somewhere between the carabiners and walking sticks at any self-respecting outdoor retailer. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "How the Humble Fleece Jacket Became High Fashion," 7 Jan. 2019 Riders were strapped in from the rear, with a carabiner attaching the back of their harness to a tether that connected to the helicopter. Benjamin Mueller, New York Times, "Doors-Off Helicopter Flights Under Scrutiny After East River Crash," 12 Mar. 2018 Take some old clean keys and hook them onto a carabiner for a jingly good time. Redbook, "10 Creative (and Cheap!) Gifts Any Toddler Will Love," 8 July 2011 And in Paris, Études also used a carabiner attached to a bungee cord as a substitute for a belt. Alex Tudela, New York Times, "The Top 10 Styling Tips from the Men’s Shows," 29 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of carabiner

1920, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for carabiner

German Karabiner, short for Karabinerhaken, literally, carabineer's hook

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