curb

noun
\ˈkərb \

Definition of curb 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a bit that exerts severe pressure on a horse's jaws also : the chain or strap attached to it — see bit illustration

2 : an enclosing frame, border, or edging

3 : check, restraint a price curb government policies that are designed to put a curb on spending

4 : a raised edge or margin to strengthen or confine

5 : an edging (as of concrete) built along a street to form part of a gutter They sat on the curb eating their ice cream.

6 [ from the fact that it originally transacted its business on the street ] : a market for trading in securities not listed on a stock exchange

curb

verb
curbed; curbing; curbs

Definition of curb (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to furnish with a curb

2 : to check or control with or as if with a curb trying to curb her curiosity

3 : to lead (a dog) to a suitable place (such as a gutter) for defecation

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Verb

restrain, check, curb, bridle mean to hold back from or control in doing something. restrain suggests holding back by force or persuasion from acting or from going to extremes. restrained themselves from laughing check implies restraining or impeding a progress, activity, or impetus. trying to check government spending curb suggests an abrupt or drastic checking. learn to curb your appetite bridle implies keeping under control by subduing or holding in. bridle an impulse to throw the book down

Examples of curb in a Sentence

Noun

We sat on the curb eating our ice cream. these international regulations act as a curb on the plundering of a nation's archaeological treasures

Verb

The legislation is intended to curb price and wage increases. pills designed to curb your appetite
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

These canes warned of toys on the floor, curbs and the slightest dip or rise. Peg Rosen, Good Housekeeping, "Blindness Can't Stop Me from Living the Life I Want to Live," 14 Sep. 2018 The trail was built on existing roads and is separated from traffic by curbs and gardens, says executive director Karen Haley. Sarah Gish, kansascity, "Will Kansas City ever be bike-friendly? The city is about to roll out a plan," 13 July 2018 If the City Council establishes a district, the agency could spend new property tax revenue caused by growth to clean up contamination and add infrastructure like sidewalks, curbs and gutters. Sven Berg, idahostatesman, "A 60-year-old fuel terminal could leave Boise’s Bench. Here’s what could replace it.," 11 July 2018 The work also will include intermittent sidewalk and curb and gutter replacement, surface drainage correction, sewer structure repairs as required and parkway restoration. Hank Beckman, chicagotribune.com, "La Grange approves road resurfacing to begin this summer," 10 July 2018 In the next and final phase, the work includes the repair of several bridges, the installation of 11,000 tons of asphalt and over 10,000 linear feet of culvert, and the replacement of more than 29,000 linear feet of curbs and road gutters. Luz Lazo, Washington Post, "Another portion of Beach Drive reopens Monday," 8 July 2018 That includes replacing a sidewalk flag with an improper slope that does not drain toward the curb and retains water. New York Times, "How Much Water Does It Really Take to Wash a Sidewalk?," 7 July 2018 His car will have to contend with indistinct grass curbs and protective hay bales that might move if someone else crashes into them or they get kicked by the crowd. Jack Stewart, WIRED, "A Racing Robocar Takes On England's Swankiest Track," 7 July 2018 Turning too tightly can cause a trailer tongue to make contact with and damage your rear bumper or bring the trailer too close to obstacles like curbs and parked cars. Wes Siler, Outside Online, "How to Tow a Trailer," 19 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Chinese leader has said his campaign aims to curb endemic graft that threatened the party’s legitimacy, but it has also been used to sideline his rivals and consolidate power. Chun Han Wong, WSJ, "Former Chinese Internet Czar Pleads Guilty to Corruption," 19 Oct. 2018 The Merkel administration has gone to great lengths to promote the Iranian nuclear deal that aims to curb Iran's nuclear weapons ambitions. Fox News, "German meddling in US politics and Trump foreign policy triggers sharp rebuke from GOP Senators," 2 Aug. 2018 In Philadelphia, a recent study found that transforming vacant lots into green spaces can help curb depression. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How urban planners can promote health and wellness," 25 July 2018 The 19-item checklist — which asks surgical staff to pause before anesthesia begins, before an incision is made, and before the patient leaves the operating room — aims to curb errors and adverse events and boost communication in the operating room. Andrew Joseph, STAT, "Five ideas that might steer Gawande as CEO of Amazon-backed health company," 20 June 2018 Setting your phone screen to grayscale may help curb technology overuse. Rob Tutton, Health.com, "The Surprisingly Easy Trick That Can Help You Use Your Phone a Little Bit Less," 14 June 2018 Apple shareholders pulled the company into the center of that debate in February, when two groups of shareholders asked the company to introduce a mode on the iPhone that helps curb compulsive smartphone use, particularly among children. Hayley Tsukayama, latimes.com, "Apple WWDC 2018: Siri, health and augmented reality are expected topics," 4 June 2018 Since then, the New Democrats have not only tried to increase the housing supply, but have also proposed a slew of measures that aim to curb housing demand and chase away overseas buyers. Conor Dougherty, New York Times, "In Vancouver, a Housing Frenzy That Even Owners Want to End," 2 June 2018 Right-to-work organizations that aim to curb union power take it to court from time to time. Adam Ashton, sacbee, "State worker unions need return to 'core functionality,' new leader says," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of curb

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for curb

Noun

Middle French courbe curve, curved piece of wood or iron, from courbe curved, from Latin curvus

Verb

derivative of curb entry 1

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More Definitions for curb

curb

noun

English Language Learners Definition of curb

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a short border along the edge of a street that is usually made of stone or concrete

: something that controls or limits something else

curb

verb

English Language Learners Definition of curb (Entry 2 of 2)

: to control or limit (something)

curb

noun
\ˈkərb \

Kids Definition of curb

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an enclosing border (as of stone or concrete) often along the edge of a street

2 : check entry 1 sense 2 a curb on rising prices

curb

verb
curbed; curbing

Kids Definition of curb (Entry 2 of 2)

: to control or limit curb spending This will curb your appetite.

curb

noun
\ˈkərb \

Medical Definition of curb 

: a swelling on the back of the hind leg of a horse just behind the lowest part of the hock joint that is due to strain or rupture of the ligament and generally causes lameness

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