Carbine meaning

kärbēn, -bīn
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A lightweight rifle with a short barrel.
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A rifle with a short barrel, orig. for use by cavalry.
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A light, semiautomatic or automatic rifle of relatively limited range.
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A smaller lighter version of an existing rifle with a shortened barrel.
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Origin of carbine

  • French carabine from Old French carabin soldier armed with a musket perhaps from escarrabin gravedigger from scarabee dung beetle scarab

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

  • From Wiktionary