curb

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
curb /kɜrb/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. Civil Engineeringa rim, esp. of joined stones or concrete, along a street, forming an edge for a sidewalk:I tripped on the curb crossing the street.
  2. anything that restrains or controls;
    restraint;
    check:a curb on spending.

v. [+ object]
  1. to control with or as if with a curb;
    restrain;
    check:We'll have to curb spending this year.
  2. to cause (a dog) to keep in the gutter near the curb when defecating:The sign read, "Curb your dog.''

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
curb  (kûrb),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Civil Engineeringa rim, esp. of joined stones or concrete, along a street or roadway, forming an edge for a sidewalk.
  2. anything that restrains or controls;
    a restraint;
    check.
  3. an enclosing framework or border.
  4. Also called  curb bit′. a bit used with a bridoon for control of a horse, to which a chain (curb chain′) is hooked.
  5. BusinessAlso called  curb market;
     [Brit.,] kerb market, kerbstone market. a market, originally on the sidewalk or street, for the sale of securities not listed on a stock exchange. Cf. American Stock Exchange.
  6. Buildingthe framework around the top of a well.
  7. Building, Architecturethe arris between an upper and a lower slope on a gambrel or mansard roof.
  8. Buildinga belt of metal, masonry, etc., for abutting a dome at its base.
  9. (in a windmill) the track on which the cap turns.
  10. Veterinary Diseasesa swelling on the lower part of the back of the hock of a horse, often causing lameness.
  11. Civil Engineering[Engin.]the cutting edge at the bottom of a caisson.
  12. Building[Carpentry.]See  purlin plate. 

v.t. 
  1. to control as with a curb;
    restrain;
    check.
  2. to cause to keep near the curb:Curb your dog.
  3. to furnish with or protect by a curb.
  4. to put a curb on (a horse).
Also,[Brit.,] kerb (for defs. 1, 15). curba•ble, adj. 
curbless, adj. 
curblike′, adj. 
  • Latin curvus crooked, bent, curved. See curve
  • Anglo-French curb, courb curved, bowed; Old French
  • Middle English curb, courbe curved piece of wood (noun, nominal), stooped, hunchbacked (adjective, adjectival) 1250–1300
    • 13.See corresponding entry in Unabridged bridle, repress. See  check. 
    • 13.See corresponding entry in Unabridged encourage.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
curb /kɜːb/ n
  1. something that restrains or holds back
  2. any enclosing framework, such as a wall of stones around the top of a well
  3. Also called: curb bit a horse's bit with an attached chain or strap, which checks the horse
vb (transitive)
  1. to control with or as if with a curb; restrain

See also kerbEtymology: 15th Century: from Old French courbe curved piece of wood or metal, from Latin curvus curved
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