Definitions of curb

  1. To restrain; keep in subjection; furnish with a check rein, as a horse, or an inclosing border, as a sidewalk.
  2. To bend to one's will: to subdue: to restrain or check: to furnish with or guide by a curb.
  3. To subdue; restrain; control by a curb.
  4. To subject, control, as with reins and curb.
  5. to put down by force or authority; " suppress a nascent uprising"; " stamp down on littering"; " conquer one's desires"
  6. 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"
  7. keep to the curb; " curb your dogs"
  8. To restrain; to guide and manage; to furnish with a curb.
  9. To guide or restrain by a curb, as a horse; to check or restrain; to hold back; to keep in subjection.
  10. a horse's bit with an attached chain or strap to check the horse
  11. To bend or curve
  12. 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.
  13. To bend; to crouch; to cringe.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. A frame or wall round the mouth of a well; also, a frame within a well to prevent the earth caving in.
  17. A curbstone.
  18. 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.
  19. That which checks, restrains, or subdues; a part of a horse's bridle; an inclosing border of stone, as along a roadway or street.
  20. That which curbs: a check or hindrance: a chain or strap attached to the bit of a bridle for restraining the horse.
  21. Bit and chain of a bridle; anything that restrains; wall round a well.
  22. A chain or strap to add power to a bit; also, a bit so arranged; restraint; control.
  23. The framework around the top of a well.
  24. A chain attached to the branches of the bridle and running under the lower jaw, which it presses on when the rein is tightened: restraint; check; anything that retains; a support on the edge, as a curb- stone. Curb- roof, a roof rounded on the top, having two slopes on each side. Curbstone, a stone placed at the edge of a pavement to hold the work together.
  25. The flat iron chain fastened to the upper part of the branches of a bridle; a check; restraint; hindrance.