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
An immigrant’s Civil War years blow through Sebastian Barry’s carbine in Days Without End (Viking).
Most recently, M4 carbines, Glock pistols, M134D machine guns, grenade launchers and rubber maritime raiding craft were delivered, according to a June 5 news release from the U.S. Embassy in Manila.
Officer Aledda balanced his Colt M4 carbine semi-automatic rifle on the hood of a vehicle aimed at Arnaldo Rios-Soto intending to kill him and shot three rounds from his rifle.
The M4A1 carbine is currently issued to U.S. Army combat troops worldwide.
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.
The gun industry is also out in full force with a full array of rifles, pistols, carbines, optics, ammo night-vision and more to choose from.
The standoff ended when Aledda fired three shots from an M4 carbine without a scope, hitting Kinsey in the thigh.
In 2008, former CPD superintendent Jodi Weis procured $200,000 worth of carbines.
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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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