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

Examples of carbine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Speer’s 124-grain Gold Dot load, which is actually a great choice for pistols too, will generally expand to almost twice its original dimeter and penetrate between 16 and 18 inches out of a pistol caliber carbine. Richard Mann, Field & Stream, "The 15 Best Personal Defense Ammo for Handguns, Rifles, and Shotguns," 27 July 2020 Plus can turn a regular M4A1 carbine into a weapon capable of engaging both enemy troops and drones. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "This U.S. Army Scope Is Built To Take Down Dangerous Quadcopters," 3 June 2020 Recoil and noise are substantially less than common rifle cartridges and this makes for a very controllable carbine. Richard Mann, Field & Stream, "The 15 Best Personal Defense Ammo for Handguns, Rifles, and Shotguns," 27 July 2020 The scope, which attaches to a M4A1 carbine, allows soldiers to electronically track moving targets. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "This U.S. Army Scope Is Built To Take Down Dangerous Quadcopters," 3 June 2020 Unlike obviously dangerous products like the Red Ryder carbine action 200-shot range model air rifle Ralphie covets, many supposedly safe products turn out not to be. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "More Women on Boards, Fewer Dangerous Products," 7 Apr. 2020 The bullet’s reported accuracy is considerable: at 50 yards, a X2 bullet fired from an M2 carbine should have an accuracy of 2 minute of angle. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "U.S. Special Forces Take Huge Step Toward Developing an Underwater Bullet," 29 Nov. 2019 Jennings pulled a white handkerchief from his pocket and raised it on the barrel of Papurt's carbine. oregonlive, "The first American woman in uniform captured by the Nazis: Veterans Day 2019," 11 Nov. 2019 Ralphie, of course, tries not to shoot his eye out with an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle. Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, "14 traditional events that make it feel like Christmas and the holidays in Indianapolis," 27 Nov. 2019

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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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The first known use of carbine was in 1592

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22 Sep 2020

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“Carbine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/carbine. Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for carbine

carbine

noun
How to pronounce carbine (audio)

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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