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

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Recent Examples on the Web Two grenades without blast caps were also found, along with eight ammunition cans and an AR-15 carbine magazines, prosecutors said. Jessica Anderson,, 22 June 2021 One of the most unusual pieces of Jonny’s kit—from the standpoint of American viewers, at least—is the SA80 assault carbine. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 30 Dec. 2020 In addition to mess kits, typewriters, and cameras, their field equipment often also included carbine rifles, .45 pistols, and even hand grenades. Lesley M.m. Blume, Town & Country, 28 May 2021 Some carbine models had a barrel band, but most models did not. Bryce M. Towsley, Outdoor Life, 9 Dec. 2020 Each wore a full combat uniform and hefted an M4 carbine weapon, water and a rucksack, gear that totals about 70 pounds. Marc Lester, Anchorage Daily News, 2 May 2021 Daisy would go on to produce the Red Ryder No. 111 Model 40 BB carbine in 1940, named after a comic strip cowboy. Joseph Albanese, Field & Stream, 2 Mar. 2021 Police searched the car and found a loaded HiPoint semi-automatic carbine rifle. Adam Ferrise, cleveland, 16 Apr. 2021 The man was Anthony Rauda, and the gun in his backpack was a carbine. Dana Goodyear, The New Yorker, 8 Mar. 2021

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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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“Carbine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of carbine

: a short, light rifle


car·​bine | \ ˈkär-ˌbēn How to pronounce carbine (audio) , -ˌbīn \

Kids Definition of carbine

: a short light rifle

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