- The definition of a curb is a concrete border that creates a gutter along a street.
An example of curb is what someone has to step down from to step onto a street.
- Curb is defined as to control or hold back.
An example of to curb is to drink lots of water before going to sleep after a night of drinking alcohol to control or avoid a hangover.
- a chain or strap passed around a horse's lower jaw and attached to the bit: the curb checks the horse by causing it to lower its head when the reins are pulled
- a type of bit having such a chain or strapalso curb bit
- anything that checks, restrains, or subdues
- an enclosing framework
- a raised margin around or along an edge, to strengthen or confine
- the stone or concrete edging forming a gutter along a street
- a market dealing in stocks and bonds not listed on the stock exchange: so called from the fact that early markets conducted their business on the street
Origin of curbMiddle English and Old French courbe, curve, curb, origin, originally , adjective , curved, bent from Classical Latin curvus: see curve
- to restrain; check; control: to curb an impulse
- to lead (a dog being walked) to the curb or some other place where it may pass its waste matter
- to provide with a curb
- A concrete border or row of joined stones forming part of a gutter along the edge of a street.
- An enclosing framework, such as that around a skylight.
- A raised margin along an edge used to confine or strengthen.
- Something that checks or restrains: High interest rates put a curb on spending.
- A chain or strap that passes under a horse's lower jaw and serves in conjunction with the bit to restrain the horse.
- A market, originally on a street or sidewalk, for trading securities that are not listed on a stock exchange.
transitive verbcurbed, curb·ing, curbs
- a. To check, restrain, or control (an impulse or activity, for example); rein in. See Synonyms at restrain.b. To prevent (a person or group) from doing something or acting in a certain way.
- To lead (a dog) off the sidewalk into the gutter so that it can excrete waste.
- To furnish with a curb.
Origin of curbBlend of Middle English curved piece of wood ( from Old French corbe curved object ) ( from corbe curved ) ( from Latin curvus )Middle English corbe horse strap ( from corben to bow down, halt ) ( from Old French corber to bow down ) ( from Latin curvāre ) ( from curvus curved, bent ; see sker-2 in Indo-European roots.)
- (North America) A row of concrete along the edge of a road; a kerb (UK)
- A raised margin along the edge of something, such as a well or the eye of a dome, as a strengthening.
- Something that checks or restrains.
- A riding or driving bit for a horse that has rein action which amplifies the pressure in the mouth by leverage advantage placing pressure on the poll via the crown piece of the bridle and chin groove via a curb chain.
- (North America) A sidewalk, covered or partially enclosed, bordering the airport terminal road system with an adjacent paved areas to permit vehicles to off-load or load passengers.
- 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.
(third-person singular simple present curbs, present participle curbing, simple past and past participle curbed)
- To check, restrain or control.
- To rein in.
- To furnish with a curb, as a well; to restrain by a curb, as a bank of earth.
- To force to "bite the curb" (hit the pavement curb); see curb stomp.
- To damage vehicle wheels or tires by running into or over a pavement curb.
- To bend or curve.
- (intransitive) To crouch; to cringe.
From Middle French courbe (“curve, curved object”), from Latin curvus (“bent, crooked, curved”).