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 Among the improvements are the installation of curb extensions and medians. Washington Post, "Bowser pledges $10 million for road safety after recent traffic deaths," 12 May 2021 The invention of the stirrup, the curb bit, and finally the war saddle made mobility an effective weapon in and of itself. Amanda Foreman, WSJ, "The Winning Ways of Moving the Troops," 6 May 2021 The car was in the drive position and was completely blocking the westbound curb lane on Cedar Road. cleveland, "Gunman robs woman of car: Cleveland Heights Police Blotter," 30 Apr. 2021 Now, officials are temporarily prohibiting on-street parking in the curb lane of northbound Dixie Highway-Pike Street from the 1200 block at West 12th Street, north to Bullock Street. Brook Endale, The Enquirer, "Covington officials announce parking ban on Dixie Highway-Pike Street to mitigate traffic jams," 28 Apr. 2021 Customers should remember the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises drive-thru, delivery, take-out and curb-side pick up service from restaurants carry the lowest risk of COVID-19 transmission. Lauren Saria, The Arizona Republic, "Here are 5 new Glendale restaurants to try for tacos, sandwiches, ice cream and more," 18 Mar. 2021 Each moment of strangeness curb-stomps the alternative, a wrenching March ago that seems a million miles away. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Aztecs embrace NCAA oddness, remember teammates who missed out," 14 Mar. 2021 In anticipation of an uptick in fliers, Delta will open its east curb check-in counters March 10. Kerri Westenberg, Star Tribune, "Spring break flight? Tips for saving cash, navigating MSP in a busy season," 5 Mar. 2021 In a silver blur, the 1006 streaked toward the ground, bounced, and clattered to the curb unharmed. Scott Suchman, Popular Mechanics, "The Unlikely Story of the World’s First Tactical Chair," 29 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has warned the nation has a decade to make significant progress to curb greenhouse gas emissions. Ted Knutson, Forbes, "Climate Change Tax Reform Goal To Not Favor Particular Technologies Gets Bipartisan Support," 27 Apr. 2021 On Thursday, the White House is convening 40 world leaders for anEarth Day summitwhere the United States is expected to announce new commitments to curb its greenhouse gas emissions. Todd Nelson, Star Tribune, "Cool Saturday Sunshine, Slushy Sunday Snow?," 23 Apr. 2021 Many legal experts, including most environmental activists, argue the department already has wide latitude to curb emissions linked to global warming. Author: Juliet Eilperin, Joshua Partlow, Anchorage Daily News, "Interior Department becomes battlefield in fight over response to climate change," 14 Apr. 2021 Governments and companies are increasingly moving to reduce reliance on fossil fuels to curb carbon emissions, while growing technologies like electric vehicles are expected to dampen future demand for diesel and gasoline. Sarah Mcfarlane, WSJ, "Oil Giant Shell Appoints New Chairman to Navigate Energy Transition," 11 Mar. 2021 Six Indiana mayors — including Brainard — have pledged to curb emissions as part of Climate Mayors, a network of local leaders who committed to upholding the Paris Climate Agreement after former President Donald Trump withdrew in 2017. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, "Banning natural gas would cut emissions. But lawmakers don't want that happening in Indiana.," 3 Mar. 2021 The Energy Department is also looking closely at potential projects in the industrial sector, in which there are currently few solutions to curb emissions from the carbon-intensive processes to make steel, cement, chemicals, and other products. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, "Biden administration looking to capture carbon from gas and manufacturing," 3 May 2021 Minimizing tillage is one practice that the USDA has highlighted as a way farmers can curb greenhouse-gas emissions, since tilling soil releases carbon into the atmosphere. Jacob Bunge, WSJ, "U.S. Farmers Look for Government Help to Support Biden’s Climate Plans," 1 May 2021 The conventional wisdom holds that the U.S. and China, acting in concert, can begin to curb global emissions and that this meeting was a hopeful start. Jordan Mcgillis, National Review, "Climate Eyes Are on China, But What about ASEAN?," 29 Apr. 2021

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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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Time Traveler for curb

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

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17 May 2021

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“Curb.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/curb. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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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 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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