from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An oblong metal ring with a spring clip, used in mountaineering to attach a running rope to a piton or similar device.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A metal link with a gate that can open and close, generally used for clipping ropes to anchors or other objects.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an oblong metal ring with a spring clip; used in mountaineering to attach a rope to a piton or to connect two ropes
German Karabiner, short for Karabinerhaken, hook for a carbine, from Karabiner, carbine, from French carabine; see carbine.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Shortened from German Karabinerhaken. (Wiktionary)