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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Curb  \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}. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Curb  \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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Curb  \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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  curb 
  n  1:  an  edge  between  a  sidewalk  and  a  roadway  consisting  of  a 
  line  of  curbstones  (usually  forming  part  of  a  gutter) 
  [syn:  {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},  {Curb}] 
  4:  the  act  of  restraining  power  or  action  or  limiting  excess; 
  "his  common  sense  is  a  bridle  to  his  quick  temper"  [syn:  {bridle}, 
  {check}] 
  v  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}] 




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