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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Recent Examples on the Web It comes fully assembled—and with a drawstring clothespin pouch that has a carabiner to attach to the rack. Rachel Klein, Popular Mechanics, 5 July 2022 Slip your magnet or carabiner through that big loop. Ben Demchak, Popular Mechanics, 3 June 2022 To rig it, tie a figure eight on a bight in the bouncer’s factory webbing, then clip the bight to a daisy chain with a carabiner. Emily Stifler Wolfe, Outside Online, 26 Apr. 2021 Because aluminum is not magnetic, the carabiner won’t stick to the top of the magnet. Ben Demchak, Popular Mechanics, 3 June 2022 Mammut’s newest quickdraw mates a large, snag-resistant keylock clipping carabiner to a stiff polyester dogbone for easy clipping. Owen Clarke, Outside Online, 27 May 2022 Tree Straps: Attach the hammock to the metal ring on the tree strap with an S-hook or a heavy-duty carabiner. Timothy Dale, Better Homes & Gardens, 17 May 2022 The human side adjusts to sling around a wrist, waist, or torso (messenger-bag style) and has a carabiner that attaches to various points along the leash. Outside Online, 26 June 2020 The duffel has carabiner clips on both sides of the bag, which reduces the bag's overall size when in use. Rebecca Carhart,, 11 May 2022 See More

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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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“Carabiner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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