curb

[ kurb ]
/ kɜrb /

noun

verb (used with object)

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

OTHER WORDS FROM curb

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH curb

curb kerb

synonym study for curb

13. See check1.
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Examples from the Web for curbed

British Dictionary definitions for curbed (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

Word Origin for curb

C15: from Old French courbe curved piece of wood or metal, from Latin curvus curved

British Dictionary definitions for curbed (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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