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car·bine

 (kär′bēn′, -bīn′)
n.
A lightweight rifle with a short barrel.

[French carabine, from Old French carabin, soldier armed with a musket, perhaps from escarrabin, gravedigger, from scarabee, dung beetle; see scarab.]

carbine

(ˈkɑːbaɪn)
n
1. (Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) a light automatic or semiautomatic rifle of limited range
2. (Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) Also called: carabin or carabine a light short-barrelled shoulder rifle formerly used by cavalry
[C17: from French carabine, from Old French carabin carabineer, perhaps variant of escarrabin one who prepares corpses for burial, from scarabée, from Latin scarabaeus scarab]

car•bine

(ˈkɑr bin, -baɪn)

n.
1. a light, gas-operated semiautomatic rifle.
2. any of various short-barreled muskets or rifles used, orig. by cavalry troops, since c1600.
[1595–1605; < Middle French carabine]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.carbine - light automatic riflecarbine - light automatic rifle    
rifle - a shoulder firearm with a long barrel and a rifled bore; "he lifted the rifle to his shoulder and fired"
Translations
karabina
karabinek

carbine

[ˈkɑːbaɪn] Ncarabina f

carbine

nKarabiner m

carbine

[ˈkɑːbaɪn] ncarabina
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She played with his long hair, and admired his big hands and his clothes and his carbine, and asked question after question, as fast as he could answer, until I excused them both for half an hour, in order to have a chance to finish my work.
See here, you son of an imported Malaga jackass," he said between his teeth, "I'd have you know that I'm related on my mother's side to Carbine, winner of the Melbourne Cup, and where I come from we aren't accustomed to being ridden over roughshod by any parrot-mouthed, pig-headed mule in a pop-gun pea-shooter battery.
Finally I could endure the suspense no longer, and, arming myself with my two Colt revolvers and a carbine, I strapped two belts of cartridges about me and catching my saddle horse, started down the trail taken by Powell in the morning.
And he levelled his carbine at Dantes, who felt the muzzle against his temple.
He is no more like flesh and blood than a rusty old carbine is.
A carbine, strikingly foreshortened, lay across the pommel of the saddle, kept in place by the right hand grasping it at the "grip"; the left hand, holding the bridle rein, was invisible.
He stood on the bank with his back to me, and his carbine on his shoulder.
So tensely was he strung, that a bunch of quail, exploding into flight from under his horse's nose, startled him to such an extent that automatically, instantly, he had reined in and fetched the carbine halfway to his shoulder.
I came into the salon just as my quartermaster was pointing his carbine at the countess, his brutal way of asking for what she certainly could not give the ugly scoundrel.
Their weapons were bows and arrows, and a few short carbines, and most of them had round shields.
The regiment possessed carbines - beautiful Martini-Henry carbines that would lob a bullet into an enemy's camp at one thousand yards, and were even handier than the long rifle.
Then he looked up at the road from which they had fallen and saw, looking down on them, the muzzles of four other carbines and four other brown faces with bright but quite motionless eyes.