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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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  fr  ?  to  throw;  ?  down  +  ?  to  throw.  Cf 
  {Parable}.]  (Mil.) 
  A  short,  light  musket  or  rifle,  esp.  one  used  by  mounted 
  soldiers  or  cavalry. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  carbine 
  n  :  light  automatic  rifle 




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