car·a·bi·ner also kar·a·bi·ner (kăr′ə-bēnər)
An oblong metal ring with a hinged and spring-loaded gate, used in activities such as mountaineering to connect a running rope to another piece of equipment.
[German Karabiner, short for Karabinerhaken, hook for a carbine, from Karabiner, carbine, from French carabine; see CARBINE.]
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