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 The bullet’s reported accuracy is considerable: at 50 yards, a X2 bullet fired from an M2 carbine should have an accuracy of 2 minute of angle. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "U.S. Special Forces Take Huge Step Toward Developing an Underwater Bullet," 29 Nov. 2019 Jennings pulled a white handkerchief from his pocket and raised it on the barrel of Papurt's carbine. oregonlive, "The first American woman in uniform captured by the Nazis: Veterans Day 2019," 11 Nov. 2019 Ralphie, of course, tries not to shoot his eye out with an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle. Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, "14 traditional events that make it feel like Christmas and the holidays in Indianapolis," 27 Nov. 2019 Jerry Beatson of Rockford, Ill., was beside me and leveled his carbine at the top of the building. Washington Post, "AP Was There: Allied forces liberate Paris from Nazis," 25 Aug. 2019 Two officers equipped with carbine rifles and door-breaching tools will be on standby to respond to an active-shooter situation in each zone. Robert Salonga, The Mercury News, "San Jose police launch ‘guardian’ program to beef up active-shooter response," 8 Aug. 2019 The Colt Commando, a shorter version of the M16 used in Vietnam was originally considered a submachine gun but by modern classification standards would be considered a carbine. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Army Selects New Submachine Gun," 2 Apr. 2019 The Army traditionally favors full-sized rifles or pistols, and now carbines. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Army Selects New Submachine Gun," 2 Apr. 2019 At times, this place resembles one of those movies in which Schwarzenegger emerges out of walls of smoke, carrying a carbine and a scowl. Chris Erskine,, "A speedway, a spectacle, a sensational Saturday night," 20 June 2019

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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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15 May 2020

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“Carbine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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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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