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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A lightweight rifle with a short barrel.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A smaller lighter version of an existing rifle with a shortened barrel.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A short, light musket or rifle, esp. one used by mounted soldiers or cavalry.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A soldier armed with a carbine; a carbineer; a musketeer.
  • n. In the sixteenth century, a firearm; one of the many names given to the lighter form of harquebuse.
  • n. In modern times, a short rifle, especially one adapted to the use of mounted troops.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. light automatic rifle

Etymologies

French carabine, from Old French carabin, soldier armed with a musket, perhaps from escarrabin, gravedigger, from scarabee, dung beetle; see scarab.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French carabine (Wiktionary)

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