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Carbine, a short-barrelled musket or rifle suitable for use by cavalry. As regards calibre, breech-apparatus, etc., the modern carbine is similar to the corresponding modern rifle; but it has less power and range, since the reduced length of barrel does not permit of the complete combustion of the powder charge. The weapon has given its name to a certain type of cavalry - the Carbineers.