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[kar-uh-bee-ner] /ˌkær əˈbi nər/
a D -shaped ring with a spring catch on one side, used for fastening ropes in mountaineering.
Also, karabiner.
Austrian German
1915-20; < Austrian German Karabiner, shortening of German Karabinerhaken carbine hook, equivalent to Karabiner (< French carabine carbine + German -er -er1) + Haken hook; it was originally used to fasten carbines to bandoleers Unabridged
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Examples from the web for carabiner
  • The rope was put in place with knots clipped to the carabiner.
  • Make sure the steel cable that encircles the snowmobile runs through the carabiner.
  • Systems should include a trolley, carabiner, high strength non-corrosive self-retracting lifeline and safety harness.
  • The batch number is engraved on the spine of the carabiner.
  • Detail of a boatswain's chair shows attachment to a descender with a screw-type carabiner.
  • In a pinch, a carabiner by itself can serve to reverse the direction of pull.
British Dictionary definitions for carabiner


a variant spelling of karabiner
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