car·​a·​bi·​ner | \ˌker-ə-ˈbē-nər, ˌka-rə-\
variants: or less commonly

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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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 Eric Adams, an aviation journalist and photographer who was aboard a different Liberty helicopter on Sunday evening, said riders were strapped in from the rear, with carabiners attaching their harnesses to tethers. Patrick Mcgeehan, New York Times, "F.A.A. Halts ‘Doors-Off’ Helicopter Flights After New York Crash," 16 Mar. 2018 Loop the straps of the Grand Trunk OneMade Double Trunktech around a couple of pieces of timber, clip the carabiners, and climb in. Outside Online, "The Best Hammocks of 2018," 15 May 2018 As soon as the helicopter splashed down, Mr. Vance reached back and tried to unscrew a carabiner that attached the front-seat passenger to the aircraft, the report said. Patrick Mcgeehan, New York Times, "Passenger’s Harness May Have Tripped Switch in Deadly Helicopter Crash," 26 Mar. 2018 So with the help of photog Mark Iantosca, Monson took things into her own hands, stocking up on neon cord and carabiner clasps and creating spot-on copies of the statement bracelets. Elana Fishman, Marie Claire, "DIY-Not? Bloggers Get Crafty with Do-It-Yourself Accessories," 11 Apr. 2011 His five passengers, however, each wore harnesses that were attached to the helicopter by tethers, secured via locking carabiners to metal rings between their shoulder blades. Eric Adams, WIRED, "Inside the Safety Issues Surrounding the NY Helicopter Crash," 8 Apr. 2018 The harnesses weren’t installed by the manufacturer of the Eurocopter AS350 B2, but were off-the-shelf nylon harnesses attached to each occupant’s back by a locking carabiner to a lanyard, investigators said. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "Pilot of fatal helicopter crash tells investigators fuel supply was turned off in flight," 26 Mar. 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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