car·​bine | \ˈkär-ˌbēn, -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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The Next Generation Squad Weapon will replace the M4A1 carbine, while the Next Generation Squad Automatic Rifle will replace the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Army Chose a New Bullet for Its New Rifles," 9 Oct. 2018 For several years, Special Operations Command has been hunting for the best suppressed upper receivers for their M4A1 carbines. Allison Barrie, Fox News, "Weapons upgrade set to make US Special Operations even more deadly," 13 Sep. 2018 In March, according to Stars and Stripes, a soldier recorded cellphone video of his M4A1 carbine discharging a round after the selector switch was moved. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Army’s M4 Carbine Can Fire Even If You Don't Pull the Trigger," 1 June 2018 The new rifles also have what appears to be an M-4 carbine-style buffer tube for attaching buttstocks and adjusting the weapon’s length of pull. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Russian Military Is Getting New Assault Rifles," 3 May 2018 Handle pistol and carbine weapons with a skilled instructor. Amy Aumick,, "Explore Florida's Bradford County: A motorsports mecca in Starke," 7 May 2018 In a 2017 report, Red Unit gear was described as a mixture of American M4 carbines, Russian night vision devices, and rifle optics manufactured in Pakistan or Iran. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Taliban Forces Are Getting Their Hands on Night Vision Goggles and Lasers," 2 Apr. 2018 His three sons, Philo, Samuel and Eliphalet Remington III, kept the family business supplying pistols, carbines, rifles, and muskets to the federal Army and Navy during the war. Kevin Mccoy, USA TODAY, "Remington bankruptcy plan is new wound for 'America's Oldest Gunmaker'," 13 Feb. 2018 But among those taken from the residence were various shotguns, an AK-47, a Ruger rifle, a .22 caliber Marlin rifle and a 9mm carbine, authorities said. Jay Weaver And Daniel Chang, miamiherald, "Before the school killings, the shooter bought an arsenal of rifles, authorities say," 20 Feb. 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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The first known use of carbine was in 1592

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English Language Learners Definition of carbine

: a short, light rifle


car·​bine | \ˈkär-ˌbēn, -ˌbīn\

Kids Definition of carbine

: a short light rifle

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