carbine
noun Etymology: French carabine, from Middle French carabin carabineer Date: 1592 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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  • Carbine —   [lateinisch],    1) Bezeichnung für die Moleküle einer Kohlenstoffmodifikation, bestehend aus C Ketten mit abwechselnden Einfach und Dreifachbindungen, »Polyacetylene«, (C ≡ C )n. Carbine wurden u. a. in Kometen und planetarischem Nebeln… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Carbine — Car bine, n. [F. carbine, OF. calabrin carabineer (cf. Ot. calabrina a policeman), fr. OF & Pr. calabre, OF. cable, chable, an engine of war used in besieging, fr. LL. chadabula, cabulus, a kind of projectile machine, fr. Gr. ? a throwing down,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • carbine — index gun Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • carbine — 1580s, from Fr. carabine, used of light horsemen and also of the weapon they carried, perhaps from M.L. Calabrinus Calabrian (i.e., rifle made in Calabria ). One far fetched theory connects it to O.Fr. escarrabin corpse bearer during the plague,… …   Etymology dictionary

  • carbine — ► NOUN 1) a light automatic rifle. 2) historical a short rifle or musket used by cavalry. ORIGIN French carabine, from carabin mounted musketeer …   English terms dictionary

  • carbine — [kär′bīn΄, kär′bēn΄] n. [Fr carabine < carabin, mounted rifleman < OFr escarrabin, corpse bearer during the plague (lit., prob. “carrion beetle,” used as epithet for archers from Flanders) < scarabée: see SCARAB] 1. a rifle with a short… …   English World dictionary

  • Carbine — A carbine is a firearm similar to a rifle or musket, but generally shorter and of lesser power. Many carbines, especially modern designs, were developed from rifles, being essentially shortened versions of full rifles firing the same ammunition,… …   Wikipedia

  • carbine — /kahr been, buyn/, n. 1. a light, gas operated semiautomatic rifle. 2. (formerly) a short rifle used in the cavalry. [1595 1605; earlier carabine < MF: small harquebus, weapon borne by a carabin a lightly armed cavalryman, compared with… …   Universalium

  • Carbine — Recorded in several forms including Carabine, Carbin, Carbine, Carben, Carbon (English), Carabin, Carabina (France), Carabini (Italian and Spanish), and others, this is a surname of appatently French origins. It is claimed to describe a horse… …   Surnames reference

  • carbine — UK [ˈkɑː(r)baɪn] / US [ˈkɑrˌbaɪn] noun [countable] Word forms carbine : singular carbine plural carbines a short light rifle …   English dictionary

  • carbine — [[t]kɑ͟ː(r)baɪn, AM bi͟ːn[/t]] carbines N COUNT A carbine is a light automatic rifle …   English dictionary

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