Carabiner meaning

kărə-bēnər
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An oblong metal ring with a hinged and spring-loaded gate, used in activities such as mountaineering to connect a running rope to another piece of equipment.
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In mountain climbing, an oval metal ring with a snap link used to fasten a rope to the piton.
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A similar coupling device, as for keychains, luggage tags, etc.
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A metal link with a gate that can open and close, generally used for clipping ropes to anchors or other objects.
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Origin of carabiner

  • German Karabiner short for Karabinerhaken hook for a carbine from Karabiner carbine from French carabine carbine

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Shortened from German Karabinerhaken.

    From Wiktionary