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
Recent Examples of carbine from the Web
A soldier can aim his or her carbine downrange and the live feed from the night vision sight appears in the eyepiece's field of view.
Could the U.S. Army finally be coming around to criticism of the M4 carbine rifle?
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Origin and Etymology of carbine
French carabine, from Medieval French carabin carabineer
First Known Use: 1592See Words from the same year
CARBINE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of carbine for English Language Learners
: a short, light rifle
CARBINE Defined for Kids
Definition of carbine for Students
: a short light rifle
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