[ kur-bing ]
/ ˈkɜr bɪŋ /


the material forming a curb, as along a street.
curbstones collectively.
a curb or a section of a curb.
Also British, kerb·ing.

Origin of curbing

First recorded in 1585–95; curb + -ing1

Definition for curbing (2 of 2)


[ kurb ]
/ kɜrb /


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

Related forms

Can be confused

curb kerb

Synonym study

13. See check1. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for curbing (1 of 3)


/ (ˈkɜːbɪŋ) /


the US spelling of kerbing

British Dictionary definitions for curbing (2 of 3)


/ (kɜːb) /


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 curbing (3 of 3)




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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