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spacecowboy


Nov 26, 2001, 7:11 PM
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This isn't a technical question or anything so...

I know why most gear is called what it is called, but where did carabiners get their name from?


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Wow, good question.

Definitions:

car·a·bi·ner also kar·a·bi·ner (kr-bnr)
n.

An oblong metal ring with a spring clip, used in mountaineering to attach a running rope to a piton or similar device.

[German Karabiner, short for Karabinerhaken, hook for a carbine, from Karabiner, carbine, from French carabine. See carbine.]
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carabiner
Main Entry: car·a·bi·ner
Pronunciation: "kar-&-'bE-n&r
Function: noun
Etymology: German Karabiner, short for Karabinerhaken, literally, carabineer's (see below) hook
Date: 1920
: an oblong metal ring with one spring-hinged side that is used especially in mountain climbing as a connector and to hold a freely running rope

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carabineer
Main Entry: car·a·bi·neer
Variant(s): or car·a·bi·nier /"kar-&-b&-'nir/
Function: noun
Etymology: French carabinier, from carabine carbine
Date: 1672
: a cavalry soldier armed with a carbine



That's all the info I could find easily, I imagine that you could draw a conclusion between the terms carabiner and carabineer.


aulwes


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From the MSN Dictionary


car·a·bi·ner [kārr bnr ] (plural car·a·bi·ners) or kar·a·bi·ner [kārr bnr ] (plural kar·a·bi·ners) noun
ring used in climbing: an oblong metal ring with an openable spring-hinged side, used in rock and mountain climbing for such purposes as clipping a freely running rope to a piton. Also called snap ring U.K. term karabiner



[Mid-20th century. From German Karabiner-haken "spring-hook," from its use for attaching a carbine rifle to a belt.]

It's new info to me too... That was a good question!


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  thanks all, i had a kid in one of my YCA (youth clibming of america) class ask me and I had no idea what to tell him.


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