• WordNet 3.6
    • v curb place restrictions on "curtail drinking in school"
    • v curb to put down by force or authority "suppress a nascent uprising","stamp down on littering","conquer one's desires"
    • v curb keep to the curb "curb your dogs"
    • v curb lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits "moderate your alcohol intake","hold your tongue","hold your temper","control your anger"
    • n curb the act of restraining power or action or limiting excess "his common sense is a bridle to his quick temper"
    • n Curb a stock exchange in New York
    • n curb an edge between a sidewalk and a roadway consisting of a line of curbstones (usually forming part of a gutter)
    • n curb a horse's bit with an attached chain or strap to check the horse
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Staten Island, New York it is illegal for a father to call his son a 'faggot' or 'queer' in an effort to curb 'girlie' behavior.
    • Curb A curbstone.
    • Curb A frame or wall round the mouth of a well; also, a frame within a well to prevent the earth caving in.
    • Curb (Far) A swelling on the back part of the hind leg of a horse, just behind the lowest part of the hock joint, generally causing lameness.
    • Curb (Arch) An assemblage of three or more pieces of timber, or a metal member, forming a frame around an opening, and serving to maintain the integrity of that opening; also, a ring of stone serving a similar purpose, as at the eye of a dome.
    • Curb That which curbs, restrains, or subdues; a check or hindrance; esp., a chain or strap attached to the upper part of the branches of a bit, and capable of being drawn tightly against the lower jaw of the horse. "He that before ran in the pastures wild
      Felt the stiff curb control his angry jaws."
      "By these men religion , that should be The curb , is made the spur of tyranny."
    • Curb To bend or curve. "Crooked and curbed lines."
    • v. i Curb To bend; to crouch; to cringe. "Virtue itself of vice must pardon beg,
      Yea, curb and woo for leave to do him good."
    • Curb To furnish with a curb, as a well; also, to restrain by a curb, as a bank of earth.
    • Curb To guide and manage, or restrain, as with a curb; to bend to one's will; to subject; to subdue; to restrain; to confine; to keep in check. "Part wield their arms, part curb the foaming steed.""Where pinching want must curb thy warm desires."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • curb Bent; curved; arched.
    • n curb A hard and callous swelling on various parts of a horse's leg, as the hinder part of the hock, the inside of the hoof, beneath the elbow of the hoof, etc.
    • curb To bend; curve.
    • curb To bend to one's will; check; restrain; hold in check; control; keep in subjection: as, to curb the passions.
    • curb To restrain or control with a curb; guide and manage with the reins.
    • curb To strengthen or defend by a curb: as, to curb a well or a bank of earth.
    • curb To bend; crouch.
    • n curb That which checks, restrains, or holds back; restraint; check; control.
    • n curb Specifically A chain or strap attached to the upper ends of the branches of the bit of a bridle, and passing under the horse's lower jaw, used chiefly in controlling an unruly or high-spirited horse. The curb-rein is attached to the lower ends of the fauces, and when it is pulled the curb is pressed forward against the horse's jaw with a tendency to break it if the pressure is great. See cut under harness.
    • n curb A line of joined stones set upright at the outer edge of a walk, or at one of the edges of a street or road, forming the inner side of a gutter; a row of curbstones.
    • n curb In mech.: A breast-wall or retaining-wall erected to support a bank of earth. A casing of stone, wood, brick, or iron, built inside a well that is being sunk, or the framework above and around a well. A boarded structure used to contain concrete until it hardens into a pier or foundation. The outer casing of a turbine-wheel. A curved shrouding which confines the water against the floats or buckets of a scoop-wheel or breast-wheel. The wall-plate at the springing of a dome. The wall-plate on the top of the permanent part of a windmill, on which the cap rotates as the wind veers. An inclined circular plate placed round the edge of a kettle to prevent the contents from boiling over.
    • n curb Same as crib, 11.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Curb kurb to bend to one's will: to subdue: to restrain or check: to furnish with or guide by a curb
    • n Curb that which curbs: a check or hinderance: a chain or strap attached to the bit of a bridle for restraining the horse
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  • Lord Byron
    “The Angels were all singing out of tune, and hoarse with having little else to do, excepting to wind up the sun and moon or curb a runaway young star or two.”
  • Homer
    “But curb thou the high spirit in thy breast, for gentle ways are best, and keep aloof from sharp contentions.”
  • Changing Times
    Changing Times
    “An optimist is a driver who thinks that empty space at the curb won't have a hydrant beside it.”
  • Will Rogers
    “We can't all be heroes, because somebody has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by.”
  • Friedrich Engels
    Friedrich Engels
    “Some laws of state aimed at curbing crime are even more criminal.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Temperance and labor are the two best virtues. Labor whets the appetite, temperance curbs it.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. courber, to bend, curve, L.curvare, fr. curvus, bent, curved; cf. Gr. kyrto`s curved. Cf. Curve


In literature:

Those haughty lords and chieftains needed the force of Christianity to check and curb them, etc.
"Whitman" by John Burroughs
He halted at the curb.
"Astounding Stories, April, 1931" by Various
It cannot curb her; and she must be curbed.
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë
He sprinted for, and boarded a passing street-car, just as the boatswain reached the curb.
"Fire Mountain" by Norman Springer
As Morty rose Grant stepped through the open door into the street and stood on the curb.
"In the Heart of a Fool" by William Allen White
He started to return to the curb.
"The Missing Tin Box" by Arthur M. Winfield
One man stood at the curb and had his boots blacked.
"The German Classics of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries" by Various
They were polishing their curbs and chains, and laughed at the spectacle before them.
"'Jena' or 'Sedan'?" by Franz Beyerlein
So I have t' go up to him, stroke his mane, fix his curb, and let some cool air under his collar.
"The Plow-Woman" by Eleanor Gates
The taxicab was at the curb.
"The Deaves Affair" by Hulbert Footner

In poetry:

'Dustman, dustman!'
He beckles down the echoing curb,
A step that neither hopes nor hates
Ever disturb.
"The Dustman" by Bliss William Carman
But over the roofs there came
The wet new wind of May,
And a tune blew up from the curb
Where the street-pianos play.
"May Wind" by Sara Teasdale
Marriage': it is the world's sane curb
The very school of trust,
The nurse of sanctity. It builds
Joy out of daily dust.
"Immortal Eve - II" by Manmohan Ghose
A man is not what oft he seems,
On this terrestrial sphere,
No pow'r to wield, no honor'd place,
Oft curb his spirit here.
"Ode To Man" by Thomas Frederick Young
So, "Fair and softly!" John he cried,
But John he cried in vain;
That trot became a gallop soon,
In spite of curb and rein.
"The Diverting History Of John Gilpin, Showing How He Went Farther Than He Intended, And Came Safe Ho" by William Cowper
King of Egypt, curb thy rages;
Lo, how trouble should be borne!
Memnon soothes the woe of ages,
With a sweet song, every morn.
"Lita of the Nile" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore

In news:

Marin County, Calif, rancher Bill Jensen has found himself at the forefront of efforts to curb the impact of wild animals, without relying on government trappers.
Will These 3 Trends Curb Your Spending.
The woman driving told police she simply lost control of the car as it went over the curb.
The city of Waterville will continue to collect leaves that are in loose piles at the curb through mid-November .
Curbing misbehavior by UMass students 'a marathon'.
Forget about fusion, toss the Thai and kick Korean to the curb.
When the floodwaters crested the curb on Atlantic Avenue on Monday night, James von Fundenberg grabbed his cat, Marcala.
New Orleans and Baton Rouge have consistently ranked among the nation's top 10 cities with the highest rates of HIV infections, despite long-term efforts by public health officials to curb the disease.
The Florida legislature passed the measure two years ago in an effort to curb the illegal sale of prescription drugs at storefront pain clinics.
Curb use of filibuster as a legislative monkey wrench .
Curb use of filibuster as a legislative monkey wrench.
Leave Stress on the Curb.
Efforts to Curb Entitlement Spending Face Resistance.
(AP) — Inspectors for Minnesota's aquatic invasive species program say they have struggled against limited resources as they try to curb the growing invasion of zebra mussels in the state's lakes this summer.
Tips to help curb nagging in a marriage.

In science:

Results of fig. 7 can be compared with the classical bell curb of CSMA/CA (IEEE 802.15.4 CSMA/CA MAC-layer simulation in Gang, L. et al, 2004) where global network performances usually collapse if network solicitation is important.
Prototyping and Performance Analysis of a QoS MAC Layer for Industrial Wireless Network
Schrödinger's operational approach, Bailly and Longo (2009) could explicitly give the time dependence of the curb (in short, time is considered as an operator and energy a parameter, the opposite of what is done in quantum mechanics).
Randomness and Multi-level Interactions in Biology
This production rate offers the advantage of being more flexible in choosing suitable acceptance cuts to curb the background. p p → H j et is known to LO exactly , while the NLO corrections have been computed in the infinite top-mass limit.
The QCD and Standard Model Working Group: Summary Report from Les Houches
This crash, an isolated unit of chemistry between one atom and one hot electron, ends with the barium atom losing a valance electron, one of the two left far away from its core as an unwanted couch left on the curb is easily spirited away in the night.
Single barium ion spectroscopy: light shifts, hyperfine structure, and progress on an optical frequency standard and atomic parity violation
We use this approximation to curb the sign problem in this situation.
Finite-Temperature Auxiliary-Field Quantum Monte Carlo for Bose-Fermi Mixtures