Meaning of curb

curb

Pronunciation: (kûrb), [key]
— n.
  1. a rim, esp. of joined stones or concrete, along a street or roadway, forming an edge for a sidewalk.
  2. anything that restrains or controls; a restraint; check.
  3. an enclosing framework or border.
  4. a bit used with a bridoon for control of a horse, to which a chainis hooked.
  5. Also calleda market, originally on the sidewalk or street, for the sale of securities not listed on a stock exchange. Cf. American Stock Exchange.
  6. the framework around the top of a well.
  7. the arris between an upper and a lower slope on a gambrel or mansard roof.
  8. a belt of metal, masonry, etc., for abutting a dome at its base.
  9. (in a windmill) the track on which the cap turns.
  10. a swelling on the lower part of the back of the hock of a horse, often causing lameness.
  11. the cutting edge at the bottom of a caisson.
  12. See
—v.t.
  1. to control as with a curb; restrain; check.
  2. to cause to keep near the curb: Curb your dog.
  3. to furnish with or protect by a curb.
  4. to put a curb on (a horse).
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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