carbine

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noun car·bine \ˈkär-ˌbēn, -ˌbīn\

Definition of carbine

  1. 1 :  a short-barreled lightweight firearm originally used by cavalry

  2. 2 :  a light short-barreled repeating rifle that is used as a supplementary military arm or for hunting in dense brush

Origin and Etymology of carbine

French carabine, from Medieval French carabin carabineer


First Known Use: 1592

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CARBINE Defined for English Language Learners

carbine

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noun car·bine \ˈkär-ˌbēn, -ˌbīn\

Definition of carbine for English Language Learners

  • : a short, light rifle


CARBINE Defined for Kids

carbine

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noun car·bine \ˈkär-ˌbēn, -ˌbīn\

Definition of carbine for Students

  1. :  a short light rifle



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