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curb

[ kurb ]
/ kɜrb /
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noun

verb (used with object)

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Origin of curb

1250–1300; Middle English curb, courbe curved piece of wood (noun), stooped, hunchbacked (adj.) <Anglo-French curb, courb curved, bowed; Old French <Latin curvus crooked, bent, curved. See curve
13. See check1.
curb , kerb
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British Dictionary definitions for curb (1 of 2)

curb1
/ (kɜːb) /

noun

something that restrains or holds back
any enclosing framework, such as a wall of stones around the top of a well
  1. Also called: curb bit a horse's bit with an attached chain or strap, which checks the horse
  2. Also called: curb chain the chain or strap itself
a hard swelling on the hock of a horse

verb (tr)

to control with or as if with a curb; restrain
See also kerb
C15: from Old French courbe curved piece of wood or metal, from Latin curvus curved

British Dictionary definitions for curb (2 of 2)

curb2

noun

vet science a swelling on the leg of a horse, below the point of the hock, usually caused by a sprain
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