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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Examples of carabiner in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Unbreakable 6 Straight denim pants feel pretty much like regular jeans but have far superior abrasion resistance and some nice touches, such as a carabiner loop for keys, and deep pockets, including a roomy coin pocket. Bill Roberson, Forbes, 31 May 2021 Every participant wears a harness, equipped with three heavy-duty carabiner clips. Susan Glaser, cleveland, 13 May 2021 Dual-use hanging slot/holes design, the middle slot for lanyard, keychain or retractable carabiner reel clip, the both side holes for the cord/strap/string/thread. Mark Heim |, al, 7 Apr. 2021 Your partner, the belayer [2], will clip in to the other end using a carabiner attached to a belay device [3], which looks a lot like the front of a pig's nose. Jacqueline Detwiler-george, Popular Mechanics, 16 Mar. 2021 After the accident, which occurred in front of thousands of spectators, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration concluded circus staff had overloaded a carabiner clip. CBS News, 22 Dec. 2020 Federal safety investigators determined that the riggers had improperly loaded the frame’s support cables onto the carabiner, creating three stress points on the device instead of the proper two stress points. Katie Mulvaney, USA TODAY, 22 Dec. 2020 Clip one end to the anchor, the other to the decoy spreader. Attach the decoy cord to the line winder, spool the winder, and tie a carabiner or S-clip to the end of the line. T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, 26 Nov. 2020 This colorful accessory bundle includes a case, a carabiner, adjustable ear hooks and a magnetic neck strap that will keep them from falling out. Popular Science, 22 Nov. 2020

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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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The first known use of carabiner was in 1920

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10 Jun 2021

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“Carabiner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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