Definitions for: Curb


[n] the act of restraining power or action or limiting excess; "his common sense is a bridle to his quick temper"
[n] a stock exchange in New York
[n] an edge between a sidewalk and a roadway consisting of a line of curbstones (usually forming part of a gutter)
[n] a horse's bit with an attached chain or strap to check the horse
[v] place restrictions on; "curtail drinking in school"
[v] to put down by force or authority; "suppress a nascent uprising"; "stamp down on littering"; "conquer one's desires"
[v] keep to the curb; "curb your dogs"
[v] lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits; "moderate your alcohol intake"; "hold your tongue"; "hold your temper"; "control your anger"



Webster (1913) Definition: Curb (k?rb), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Curbed (k?rbd); p. pr.
& vb. n. Curbing.] [F. courber to bend, curve, L. curvare,
fr. curvus bent, curved; cf. Gr. ?????? curved. Cf. Curve.]
1. To bend or curve [Obs.]

Crooked and curbed lines. --Holland.

2. To guide and manage, or restrain, as with a curb; to bend
to one's will; to subject; to subdue; to restrain; to
confine; to keep in check.

Part wield their arms, part curb the foaming steed.
--Milton.

Where pinching want must curbthy warm desires.
--Prior.

3. To furnish wich a curb, as a well; also, to restrain by a
curb, as a bank of earth.


Curb, v. i.
To bend; to crouch; to cringe. [Obs.]

Virtue itself of vice must pardon beg, Yea, curb and
woo for leave to do him good. --Shak.


Curb, n.
1. That which curbs, restrains, or subdues; a check or
hindrance; esp., a chain or strap attached to the upper
part of the branches of a bit, and capable of being drawn
tightly against the lower jaw of the horse.

He that before ran in the pastures wild Felt the
stiff curb control his angry jaws. --Drayton.

By these men, religion,that should be The curb, is
made the spur of tyranny. --Denham.

2. (Arch.) An assemblage of three or more pieces of timber,
or a metal member, forming a frame around an opening, and
serving to maintain the integrity of that opening; also, a
ring of stone serving a similar purpose, as at the eye of
a dome.

3. A frame or wall round the mouth of a well; also, a frame
within a well to prevent the earth caving in.

4. A curbstone.

5. (Far.) A swelling on the back part of the hind leg of a
horse, just behind the lowest part of the hock joint,
generally causing lameness. --James Law.

Curb bit, a stiff bit having branches by which a leverage
is obtained upon the jaws of horse. --Knight.

Curb pins (Horology), the pins on the regulator which
restrain the hairspring.

Curb plate (Arch.), a plate serving the purpose of a curb.


Deck curb. See under Deck.

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