• WordNet 3.6
    • n curtailment the reduction of expenditures in order to become financially stable
    • n curtailment the act of withholding or withdrawing some book or writing from publication or circulation "a suppression of the newspaper"
    • n curtailment the temporal property of being cut short
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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 Curtailment The act or result of curtailing or cutting off.
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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 curtailment The act of cutting off or down; a shortening; decrease or diminution: as, the curtailment of expenses was demanded.
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  • Virginia Woolf
    “Sleep, that deplorable curtailment of the joy of life.”


In literature:

Yet it seems to me that a curtailment of the small duties now imposed on the President might well be made.
"Ethics in Service" by William Howard Taft
Curtail stiff and strict, and leave a Swiss mountain.
"Chatterbox, 1905." by Various
Hence it comes that certain men resort to the law to curtail the natural prerogatives of this liberty.
"Sophisms of the Protectionists" by Frederic Bastiat
Much of its original character is now lost, owing to restorations, curtailments, and alterations.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Durham" by J. E. Bygate
Above all, it curtailed the output of diamonds and so kept up the market price in Europe and elsewhere.
"Victorian Worthies" by George Henry Blore
He scarcely ever altered or erased, and rarely curtailed.
"A Popular History of the Art of Music" by W. S. B. Mathews
The palace grounds have been considerably curtailed by the formation of the public park, which now bounds them riverwards.
"Hammersmith, Fulham and Putney" by Geraldine Edith Mitton
The Big Show was not cut or curtailed.
"David Lannarck, Midget" by George S. Harney
Liberties were curtailed and rights gained in 1848 were abolished in most of the smaller States.
"German Culture Past and Present" by Ernest Belfort Bax
Probably, the parents saw the affection lavished on it, or knew that it was not curtailed of its liberty.
"The Wonder Island Boys: Exploring the Island" by Roger Thompson Finlay
She was sleepy and tired and she resented this summary curtailment of her privileges.
"Rosemary" by Josephine Lawrence
Bend and curtail thy stature!
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 2, No 3, September, 1862" by Various
Her replies also had been curtailed by the all-absorbing joy of welcoming her son after his long absence.
"Fairy Fingers" by Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
His display exceeded his means, but for nothing in the world would he have curtailed it.
"Bidwell's Travels, from Wall Street to London Prison" by Austin Biron Bidwell
Doubtless it was this last circumstance which curtailed and weakened Fox's second speech.
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
The wind blew out of Ferrol, and the curtailed scheme for an assault on it, and on Terceira too, had to be abandoned.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing
But its benefits, though lasting, were seriously curtailed by sectarian jealousy.
"The Political History of England - Vol XI" by George Brodrick
They wished to curtail this liberty, which, however, they called license, and which they thought made mischief.
"Charles I" by Jacob Abbott
At Lima, Bolivar found his powers curtailed.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
Their creed is not strengthened by its being vague and curtailed.
"The Voyage Alone in the Yawl "Rob Roy"" by John MacGregor

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:

Rough Seas Curtail 32nd Shark Tourney.
But a patent curtails production – and has sparked intense debate over balancing business interests with humanitarian need.
BOYLSTON — Continuing with a theme of tight budgeting, selectmen on Monday voted to curtail discretionary spending among departments.
Curtailing drug violence in Mexico.
Fiscal concerns curtail borrowing, inventory, hiring.
Drought May Curtail Mississippi River Grain-Barge Shipping.
Japan Election May Curtail Stimulus as Recession Looms: Economy.
BGE tree-trimming program to curtail potential power outages.
Wildcats curtail Cougarsin Division 5 playoffs.
Ohio asks Supreme Court to curtail early voting in state.
Production limits will curtail growth, John Krafcik says.
New legislation attempts to curtail concussions.
Fort Smith Directors Curtail Involvement In Citizen-Led Ballot Initiatives.
NHL Lockout won't curtail workouts for Penguins.
Invasive beetle can't curtail ash sales.

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