curb


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Curb \Curb\ (k[^u]rb), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Curbed (k[^u]rbd);
   p. pr. & vb. n. Curbing.] [F. courber to bend, curve,
   L.curvare, fr. curvus bent, curved; cf. Gr. kyrto`s curved.
   Cf. Curve.]
   1. To bend or curve. [Obs.]
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            Crooked and curbed lines.             --Holland.
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   2. 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.
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            Part wield their arms, part curb the foaming steed.
                                                  --Milton.
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            Where pinching want must curb thy warm desires.
                                                  --Prior.
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   3. To furnish with a curb, as a well; also, to restrain by a
      curb, as a bank of earth.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Curb \Curb\, v. i.
   To bend; to crouch; to cringe. [Obs.]
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         Virtue itself of vice must pardon beg,
         Yea, curb and woo for leave to do him good. --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Curb \Curb\, n.
   1. 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.
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            He that before ran in the pastures wild
            Felt the stiff curb control his angry jaws.
                                                  --Drayton.
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            By these men, religion,that should be
            The curb, is made the spur of tyranny. --Denham.
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   2. (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.
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   3. A frame or wall round the mouth of a well; also, a frame
      within a well to prevent the earth caving in.
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   4. A curbstone.
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   5. (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. --James Law.
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   Curb bit, a stiff bit having branches by which a leverage
      is obtained upon the jaws of horse. --Knight.

   Curb pins (Horology), the pins on the regulator which
      restrain the hairspring.

   Curb plate (Arch.), a plate serving the purpose of a curb.
      

   Deck curb. See under Deck.
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