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curb

Noun

1 an edge between a sidewalk and a roadway consisting of a line of curbstones (usually forming part of a gutter) [syn: curbing, kerb]
2 a horse's bit with an attached chain or strap to check the horse [syn: curb bit]
3 a stock exchange in New York [syn: American Stock Exchange, AMEX]
4 the act of restraining power or action or limiting excess; "his common sense is a bridle to his quick temper" [syn: bridle, check]

Verb

1 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" [syn: control, hold in, hold, contain, check, moderate]
2 to put down by force or authority; "suppress a nascent uprising"; "stamp down on littering"; "conquer one's desires" [syn: suppress, stamp down, inhibit, subdue, conquer]
3 keep to the curb; "curb your dogs"
4 place restrictions on; "curtail drinking in school" [syn: restrict, curtail, cut back]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Alternative spellings

Etymology

From courbe 'curve, curved object', itself from curvus

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. A row of concrete along the edge of a road.
  2. A raised margin along the edge of something, as a strengthening.
  3. Something that checks or restrains.
  4. A riding or driving bit for a horse that has rein action that amplifies the pressure in the mouth by leverage advantage placing pressure on the poll via the crown piece of the bridle and the chin groove via a curb chain.

Translations

row of concrete along the edge of a road

Verb

  1. (transitive) To check, restrain or control.
  2. (transitive) To rein in.
  3. (transitive) To furnish with a curb.

Translations

restrain, rein in

Extensive Definition

Curb may refer to:
  • Curb (road), or kerb, the edge where a raised pavement/sidewalk/footpath, road median, or road shoulder meets an unraised street or other roadway
  • Curb Records, a record label started by Mike Curb in 1973
  • Curb Your Enthusiasm, HBO comedy show
  • Curb (album), Nickelback's first full-length album
  • Curb bit, a type of bit used for riding horses
  • Curb (horse), classically known as a sprain of the long plantar ligament in horses, but now more fully described as injury to one or a combination of soft tissue structures in this region.
  • The Curb is a nickname for the American Stock Exchange, from its original name The New York Curb Exchange.

See also

  • Kerb (disambiguation)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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