carbine

noun
car·​bine | \ ˈkär-ˌbēn How to pronounce carbine (audio) , -ˌbīn\

Definition of carbine

1 : a short-barreled lightweight firearm originally used by cavalry
2 : a light short-barreled repeating rifle that is used as a supplementary military arm or for hunting in dense brush

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Two officers equipped with carbine rifles and door-breaching tools will be on standby to respond to an active-shooter situation in each zone. Robert Salonga, The Mercury News, "San Jose police launch ‘guardian’ program to beef up active-shooter response," 8 Aug. 2019 The Colt Commando, a shorter version of the M16 used in Vietnam was originally considered a submachine gun but by modern classification standards would be considered a carbine. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Army Selects New Submachine Gun," 2 Apr. 2019 The Army traditionally favors full-sized rifles or pistols, and now carbines. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Army Selects New Submachine Gun," 2 Apr. 2019 At times, this place resembles one of those movies in which Schwarzenegger emerges out of walls of smoke, carrying a carbine and a scowl. Chris Erskine, latimes.com, "A speedway, a spectacle, a sensational Saturday night," 20 June 2019 At times, this place resembles one of those movies in which Schwarzenegger emerges out of walls of smoke, carrying a carbine and a scowl. Chris Erskine, San Diego Union-Tribune, "A speedway, a spectacle, a sensational Saturday night," 20 June 2019 Their similarity to the M4 carbine in function could give them a leg up on the competition. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Army Is Testing 10 New Submachine Guns," 11 June 2018 The same issues that plague tank guns also affect individual soldier's weapons, including infantry carbines and squad automatic weapons. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Army’s Next Infantry Guns Will Have Computerized Fire Control for Unreal Accuracy," 14 Feb. 2019 That’s $90,000 more than a fully tricked out M4A1 carbine. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Army’s XM-25 'Punisher' Supergun Is Dead," 13 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of carbine

1592, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for carbine

French carabine, from Middle French carabin carabineer

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carbine

noun

English Language Learners Definition of carbine

: a short, light rifle

carbine

noun
car·​bine | \ ˈkär-ˌbēn How to pronounce carbine (audio) , -ˌbīn\

Kids Definition of carbine

: a short light rifle

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