• WordNet 3.6
    • v curtail place restrictions on "curtail drinking in school"
    • v curtail terminate or abbreviate before its intended or proper end or its full extent "My speech was cut short","Personal freedom is curtailed in many countries"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There is an organization called SCROOGE in Charlottesville, Virginia that stands for Society to Curtail Ridiculous, Outrageous, and Ostentatious Gift Exchanges. This was formed to keep gift giving affordable and simple
    • n Curtail The scroll termination of any architectural member, as of a step, etc.
    • v. t Curtail kŭr*tāl" To cut off the end or tail, or any part, of; to shorten; to abridge; to diminish; to reduce. "I, that am curtailed of this fair proportion.""Our incomes have been curtailed ; his salary has been doubled."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Puritans had such an obsessive fear of masturbation that almost any means were used to curtail the practice. For instance, some doctors recommended covering the penis with plaster of Paris.
    • n curtail A corruption of curtal. Compare curtail, v.
    • curtail To cut short; cut off the end or a part of; dock; diminish in extent or quantity: as, to curtail words.
    • curtail To deprive by excision or removal; abate by deprivation or negation: as, to curtail one of part of his allowance, or of his proper title.
    • n curtail In architecture, a member shaped like a volute or scroll, especially in stair-building, as in the lower termination of a hand-rail or the projection of the lowest step of a flight. See curtail-step.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Curtail kur-tāl′ to cut short: to cut off a part: to abridge
    • pr.p Curtail curtail′ing; pa.p. curtailed′
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  • Virginia Woolf
    “Sleep, that deplorable curtailment of the joy of life.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Curtal


In literature:

Under conditions of throat tension the range of the voice is almost always curtailed.
"The Psychology of Singing" by David C. Taylor
Penny-a-liners of lively imagination, find their reports less subjected to curtailment.
"Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, No. 452" by Various
Roger spent the hours in striding about his acres, planning how to improve them and curtail expenses here and there.
"Two Sides of the Face" by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
There are several ways by which this evil may be remedied, or at least be very effectually curtailed.
"The Teacher" by Jacob Abbott
Pal, too, seemed much bewildered at the sudden curtailing of his playmate's liberty.
"Followers of the Trail" by Zoe Meyer
At the same time the branch banks curtailed their loans.
"Union and Democracy" by Allen Johnson
It ought to have been curtailed.
"The New Pun Book" by Thomas A. Brown and Thomas Joseph Carey
Too tight wrappings curtail circulation.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Thirty-Eighth Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
Its dimensions had been heavily curtailed by the deepest border of mourning black that I ever had seen on English writing-paper.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 150, April 5, 1916" by Various
The Duffer and he put their names down for the house-handicaps, and curtailed their visits to the Creameries.
"The Hill" by Horace Annesley Vachell
Margery sighed at this curtailment of her liberty, and withdrew to see where Alice was putting her dresses.
"Mistress Margery" by Emily Sarah Holt
The thermometer went so high that drills and exercises in the sun were all curtailed.
"The Rover Boys Under Canvas" by Arthur M. Winfield
But she curtailed and softened down almost all.
"History of the English People" by John Richard Green
It was itself printed from a copy which had been curtailed for acting purposes.
"A Life of William Shakespeare with portraits and facsimiles" by Sidney Lee
I gathered also that the son of the poet had curtailed his stay somewhat and gone back to his ship the day before.
"Chance" by Joseph Conrad
Thank Heaven, organs are not yet suppressed, though, after the curtailing of licensed hours, anything is possible.
"Nights in London" by Thomas Burke
How best to curtail over-application, I am told, is a problem that seldom faces a teacher.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great Philosophers, Volume 8" by Elbert Hubbard
Your one idea is to curtail a person's liberty.
"A Girl of the Klondike" by Victoria Cross
The power of the house of Hapsburg was in many respects seriously curtailed.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 11" by Various
So anxious indeed that he sometimes curtailed her allowance, in order to teach her prudence.
"Fifty-Two Stories For Girls" by Various

In poetry:

"If after this he says no more,
You'd best perhaps curtail your
Exertions - go and shake the door,
And then, if he begins to snore,
You'll know the thing's a failure.
"Phantasmagoria Canto II ( Hys Fyve Rules )" by Lewis Carroll
God has a promise made, to hear the priest,
When he, according to his office, prays —
And certainly he'll grant him his request,
If not determin'd to curtail thy days:
"An Admonition To The Sick To Call For A Clergyman And A Physician, And To Shun All Charms, &c. &c." by Rees Prichard

In news:

Cold Can't Curtail Annual 'Happenings'.
Concussions And The Move To Curtail Them.
Youth Summit Aims to Curtail Violence.
If he were not in the White House, and a Republican was, you can bet that influential Democrats would be doing their utmost to block or curtail the use of armed drones in the nation's war on terrorists.
NJ derailment evacuations curtailed, tests offered.
The downgrades will curtail the ability of both Japanese companies to raise money in credit markets.
DuPont curtails spending due to fiscal cliff.
"We can't claim victory for voters or the taxpayers until Gov Walker promises to veto any bill that ends or curtails same-day voter registration," Richards said in a statement.
(AP) — His Republican National Convention curtailed by a threatened hurricane, Mitt Romney conceded Sunday that fresh controversy over rape and abortion is harming his party and he accused Democrats of trying to exploit it for political gain.
Louise Krug's dreams of a glamorous career were curtailed by a crisis.
So an official "score" of revenue raised from such a tax reform plan would be most heavily reliant on the tax breaks that are curtailed.
The NBA is on the verge of announcing a new plan to curtail flopping.
Griffith said he wants to bring debt in line, keep jobs in the area and curtail regulations.
As companies curtailed pay and bonuses during the recession and sluggish recovery, many employees felt left in the dark about what constitutes fair pay in today's market.
But others say hugging is a distraction from learning and shouldbe curtailed.

In science:

Here, for simplicity, we curtail this hierarchy, as is justified at short times.
Thermodynamical Control by Frequent Quantum Measurements
In order to mitigate this problem, we applied in turn two alternative models: compTT, and a standard power-law component curtailed by an exponential low-energy cutoff, expabs×powerlaw.
A Simple Comptonization Model
We will see that our ability to curtail an adversary’s additional power, which it can gain when atomic ob jects are replaced by linearizable implementations, depends in part upon the original power of the adversary.
Linearizable Implementations Do Not Suffice for Randomized Distributed Computation
Since the implemented method calls give the adversary more power than it has when operations are atomic, we might conjecture that this additional power could be curtailed by appropriately restricting the adversary.
Linearizable Implementations Do Not Suffice for Randomized Distributed Computation
Even reducing the power of the adversary from strong to this weakest oblivious one does not curtail its power sufficiently to retain the expected behaviour of the algorithm when R is an atomic register.
Linearizable Implementations Do Not Suffice for Randomized Distributed Computation
So reducing the power of the adversary from strong to weak does not curtail its power sufficiently to retain the expected behaviour of the algorithm when R is an atomic register.
Linearizable Implementations Do Not Suffice for Randomized Distributed Computation
The present acceleration ensures formation of the cosmic event horizon, and our analysis brings out how the effect of the event horizon could further curtail the global acceleration, and even lead in certain cases to the emergence of a future decelerating epoch.
Effect of cosmic backreaction on the future evolution of an accelerating universe
Treatments of negation and ‘cut’ The cut, written (!), curtails backtracking.
Logic Programming, Functional Programming, and Inductive Definitions
The sensitivity region is noticeably curtailed for the case of poorer systematic errors.
Bringing the SciBar Detector to the Booster Neutrino Beam
However, applications of this elegant test have been curtailed by two factors: our ignorance of how galaxies evolve with redshift, and the absence of methods to deal with the effect of incomplete information in lensing systems.
How robust are the constraints on cosmology and galaxy evolution from the lens-redshift test?
If so, this will provide another powerful measure of the effects of dark energy at late times, specifically the time when its fraction is growing and its effects in curtailing structure formation are the largest.
The Cosmic Microwave Background for Pedestrians: A Review for Particle and Nuclear Physicists
The extreme abundance - referred to above as overshooting - in the production of alleged scientific theories, as inevitably follows from the present form of the proposal in , should be suitably curtailed.
This curtails the utility of the Υ(4S ) in producing B ¯B pairs for the study of CP-violating asymmetries, unless time-dependent effects can be studied.
Present and Future Aspects of CP Violation
FIG. 9: The effect of the curtailment of the opacity series.
Up to and beyond ninth order in opacity: Radiative energy loss with GLV