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 How much the fee might increase The city council voted 7 to 2 during its Oct. 16 meeting to increase the fee to help offset the cost of maintaining infrastructures such as roads, curbs and the Sky Train. Melissa Yeager, azcentral, "Lyft threatens to leave Sky Harbor Airport if Phoenix raises ride-share fees," 18 Nov. 2019 Washington has postponed enforcement of the curbs and U.S. officials say some sales will be permitted. Fortune, "Huawei Workers Get Bonuses for Retooling Products Threatened by U.S. Sanctions," 12 Nov. 2019 Among the village’s accomplishments this year were road reconstruction projects, which included curb and gutter improvements, and 13,000 feet of water main replacements, Patterson said. Anna Kim, chicagotribune.com, "Glenview village president talks about future capital projects and 2019 accomplishments in ‘state of village’ address," 7 Nov. 2019 The car went over the curb and a sidewalk and hit a wall on the west side of the road before overturning. Doug Phillips, sun-sentinel.com, "Sunrise man dies in one-car crash outside Delray Beach," 4 Nov. 2019 Near Southwestern Law School in the Koreatown neighborhood of Los Angeles, a grass strip between the sidewalk and curb is fenced off with green plastic to keep homeless people away. BostonGlobe.com, "Homelessness is an expanding crisis that comes amid skyrocketing housing prices, a widening gap between the rich and poor, and the persistent presence on city streets of the mentally ill and drug-dependent despite billions of dollars spent to help them.," 22 Oct. 2019 Near Southwestern Law School in the Koreatown neighborhood of Los Angeles, a grass strip between the sidewalk and curb is fenced off with green plastic to keep homeless people away. Tim Arango, New York Times, "As Homelessness Surges in California, So Does a Backlash," 21 Oct. 2019 Right now, summoning a car, meeting the driver at the curb and getting out of traffic jams in the horseshoe can take an hour. Laura J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times, "Uber says LAX’s new pickup system could cause long waits and traffic jams," 14 Oct. 2019 The vehicle made a left turn several feet too late, putting it on a collision course with a curb and a light pole just behind it. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "I watched over 100 Tesla Smart Summon videos—here’s what I learned," 14 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The lawsuits are seeking to curb the alleged animal abuse at Fairlife’s dairy suppliers and get monetary compensation for consumers who bought the milk under the marketing premise it was ethically sourced. Robert Channick, chicagotribune.com, "Fairlife milk faces potentially massive class action lawsuit in the wake of alleged cow abuse at Indiana farm," 26 Nov. 2019 Peaceful marches of millions of Hong Kong citizens have given way to violent student protests as Beijing continues to curb the city’s freedoms. Trudy Rubin, Twin Cities, "Trudy Rubin: Hong Kong crisis has become a crucial test of future US-China relations," 24 Nov. 2019 The risk management system was originally designed to curb racial bias in policing, after data showed Oakland police were far more likely to target people of color. Megan Cassidy, SFChronicle.com, "Oakland to use technology that can flag potentially bad police officers," 23 Nov. 2019 Of course, some of that decline may be due to workers seeking to curb their hours voluntarily. Gwynn Guilford, Quartz, "The great American labor paradox: Plentiful jobs, most of them bad," 21 Nov. 2019 Which begs a bigger question: Who is going to apologize to them? Ellen McGirt On Point Oakland police are trying to curb racial bias by not pulling so many (Black) people over The Oakland PD has a tough reputation. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "Michael Bloomberg Apologizes for Stop-and-Frisk," 19 Nov. 2019 The robocall problem persists even as consumers download third-party apps to curb the pesky calls and telecommunication regulators roll out new ways to block them. Sarah Min, CBS News, "A record 5.7 billion robocalls in October alone," 18 Nov. 2019 Governor Eric Holcomb spent time at Fishers High School Thursday to talk about plans Indiana has to curb the growth of vaping among Hoosier kids. Arika Herron, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana Statehouse leaders support raising smoking age to 21," 18 Nov. 2019 On a more positive note, however, the CDC found that some progress has been made to curb the toll of antibiotic resistance, through campaigns to promote more responsible use of antibiotics and antibiotic stewardship efforts in hospitals. Helen Branswell, STAT, "CDC report: 35,000 Americans die of antibiotic-resistant infections each year," 13 Nov. 2019

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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

29 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Curb.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/curbs. Accessed 10 December 2019.

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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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