So i was in my living room cleaning my DPMS carbine. When my Mother asks me ( Why do they call a carbine a carbine?). I respond with (Well a carbine is a shortened version of a full size rifle made for easier portability and close quarters environments.). She says( I understand that but how did they come up with the name Carbine, what is the word meaning?). Well i was stumped, I have no idea where the name comes from and cant find any info on the web about it either. I felt kinda stupid so now i want to find out. If any of you fellas know could you please tell me. I need a brief history lesson, Thanks fellas.