curb1 «kurb», noun, verb.
1. Also, especially British, kerb. a raised border, especially one of concrete or stone, along the edge of a pavement or sidewalk, or around the top of a well; coaming: »

He parked his car close to the curb.

2. an enclosing framework or border supporting the base or outer edge of a dome, shaft, or the like.
3. Figurative. a check; restraint: »

to put a curb on one's spending. Put a curb on your temper.

SYNONYM(S): control.
4. a chain or strap fastened to a horse's bit and passing under its lower jaw. When the reins are pulled tight, the curb checks the horse.
5. a hard swelling below the hock of a horse's leg, often causing lameness.
6. = curb market. (Cf.curb market)
1. to hold in check; restrain: »

You must curb your laughter when you are in church. My hunger was curbed by the snack. So is the will of a living daughter curbed by the will of a dead father (Shakespeare).

SYNONYM(S): See syn. under check. (Cf.check)
2. to put a curb on (a horse).
3. to provide with a curb.
[< Old French courbe, ultimately < Latin curvus bent, crooked, curved]
curb´a|ble, adjective.
curb´less, adjective.
curb2 «kurb», transitive verb, intransitive verb.
Obsolete. to curve; bend; bow.
[earlier courbe < French courber to bend; influenced by curve]

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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