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2 [kahrb] Slang.
verb (used without object)
to eat large quantities of carbohydrates before a major physical exertion in order to store up energy (usually followed by up ): Some marathon runners carb up on spaghetti the night before a race.

by shortening of carbohydrate


variant of carbo- before a vowel: carbazole.
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carb (kɑːb)
1.  short for carburettor
2.  short for carbohydrate

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Word Origin & History

1942 as an abbreviation of carburetor; c.2000 as short for carbohydrate.
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Medical Dictionary

carb- pref.
Variant of carbo-.

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Abbreviations & Acronyms
  1. carburetor

  2. carbohydrate

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Example sentences
They're expensive, but have a lot of fiber and really curb that carb craving.
Then there are the muscles, which account for about three-quarters of all carb
Some are high carb, while others high fat and protein.
Low carb diets generally restrict the amount of carbohydrates but do not
  restrict protein sources.
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