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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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 Authorities say Cruz, who was expelled from Stoneman Douglas last year for disciplinary reasons, walked into his former school with an AR-15 military-style carbine and opened fire. CBS News, "Florida school shooting suspect was on rifle team that got NRA grant," 16 Feb. 2018 Originally designed for troops to kill enemy fighters, the weapon became the military’s M16 and the shorter M4 carbine. Richard A. Oppel Jr., New York Times, "In Florida, an AR-15 Is Easier to Buy Than a Handgun," 15 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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