carbine

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Etymology[edit]

Ca. 1600, from French carabine.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈkɑɹbiːn/, /ˈkɑɹbaɪn/

Noun[edit]

carbine (plural carbines)

  1. A rifle with a short barrel.
    • 1934, George Orwell, chapter 6, in Burmese Days[1]:
      The lock-up was upstairs, a cage surrounded by six-inch wooden bars, guarded by a constable armed with a carbine.
    • December 2010, John Pollock, A Foreign Devil in China, World Wide Publications, →ISBN, page 45:
      Inside the wall they found "a small cannon aimed at the entrance of the gate, and all along the street soldiers were stationed and a few on horseback were riding up and down. One of these had his carbine strapped on his back, and swung under his arm was a three-foot beheading sword wrapped in red cloth. That section had been terrorized by robbers, and they were prepared."

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