curb

noun
\ ˈkərb How to pronounce curb (audio) \

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 Albert Williams was standing outside the Black Panther Party’s Portland headquarters on Feb. 18, 1970, when a patrol car pulled to the curb in front of him. oregonlive, "Long before ‘Defund Police’ movement, Portland’s Black Panthers sought ‘community control’ of police, pursued radical ballot initiative," 25 June 2020 Graham then drove over the curb and allegedly hit the second woman, stopped and then reversed to hit her again, according to the release. Meredith Spelbring, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit woman who hit three before crashing into a tree charged," 24 June 2020 One steps to the curb with arm extended, a plea to drivers exiting the highway. Sarah Matusek, The Christian Science Monitor, "In Queens, residents become the coronavirus safety net," 22 June 2020 Once handcuffed, he should have been sat on the curb or in the back of a patrol car, Click said. Karina Bland, azcentral, "Former cops say 'the blue wall' needs to come down for police to be trusted again," 19 June 2020 Sports seats added another $7,500 and a system that raised the nose of the car to clear speed bumps and curb cuts another $7,100. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, "This entry-level Lamborghini offers more fun for a lot less money," 19 June 2020 High pressure and a cloudless sky curb bass activity and shrink the strike zone. Mark Hicks, Field & Stream, "10 Ways to Catch More Largemouth Bass," 15 June 2020 The vehicle then backed up and pulled onto a curb and grassy area to try to go around them, but the protesters moved over. Michelle Boorstein, Anchorage Daily News, "Thousands join in Sunday prayer and protest in front of the White House," 14 June 2020 Among the various requirements, restaurants must have a 6-foot-wide travel path, and the establishments cannot use traffic lanes designated for bikes and cars, bus stops or red or blue curb zones as dining spaces. Justin Phillips, SFChronicle.com, "Outdoor dining on the menu for San Francisco restaurants starting Friday," 9 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Traditional revenue streams have collapsed during the pandemic for farms and more are looking for ways to curb waste while still feeding their surrounding communities. Justin Phillips, SFChronicle.com, "Ayesha and Steph Curry, Salesforce, to tackle hunger and farm waste with Bay Area program," 1 July 2020 Critics, including some Facebook employees, have expressed outrage that Zuckerberg has not taken more steps to curb statements Trump has made on the platform that are either misleading or offensive. Dominick Mastrangelo, Washington Examiner, "Citing policy on Trump's Facebook posts, San Francisco official wants Zuckerberg's name stripped from public hospital," 1 July 2020 In March, Ducey had ordered all restaurants to begin providing takeout orders only in an attempt to curb the spread of COVID-19. Lorraine Longhi, The Arizona Republic, "Charges dropped against Fountain Hills restaurant owner cited for allowing on-site dining," 30 June 2020 Rick Snyder, president of the Indianapolis branch of the Fraternal Order of Police, said city leaders have not done enough to curb the violence. Justin L. Mack, The Indianapolis Star, "'What's past numb?': Indianapolis sees 5 homicides, 12 more shootings in 48 hours," 18 June 2020 To curb the virus from further spreading in the country, authorities banned all residents living in neighbourhoods deemed medium or high risk from leaving Beijing, as well as people connected to the Xinfadi market. Nectar Gan, CNN, "Hundreds of Beijing flights canceled after coronavirus resurgence," 17 June 2020 In addition, pressures from governments, consumers and investors are continuing to increase on oil companies, especially in Europe, to curb the greenhouse gas emissions produced by their fossil fuels. Stanley Reed, BostonGlobe.com, "BP warns of a future that needs less oil," 15 June 2020 De Moraes said in his decision that the gravity of the pandemic, which has killed more than 38,400 Brazilians, requires transparency from the government as the country shapes policies to curb the virus. Time, "Brazil's Top Court Orders Government to Resume Publishing Full Coronavirus Data," 10 June 2020 Some governments have resorted to digital surveillance tools to track and monitor individuals in an attempt to curb the spread of the new coronavirus. Dov Lieber, WSJ, "Israel Halts Controversial Coronavirus Surveillance," 9 June 2020

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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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The first known use of curb was in the 15th century

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Last Updated

3 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Curb.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/curb. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for curb

curb

noun
How to pronounce curb (audio)

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 How to pronounce curb (audio) \

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 How to pronounce curb (audio) \

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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