- 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.
curb definition by Webster's New World
- 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
- 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: Middle English and amp; 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
curb definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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.
- To check, restrain, or control as if with a curb; rein in. See Synonyms at restrain.
- To lead (a dog) off the sidewalk into the gutter so that it can excrete waste.
- To furnish with a curb.
Origin: Blend of Middle English, curved piece of wood (from Old French corbe, curved object, from corbe, curved, from Latin curvus) and 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).