Curb

Definition of Curb

Pronunciation: kûrb
v. t.1.To bend or curve.
[imp. & p. p. Curbed (kûrbd); p. pr. & vb. n. Curbing.]
Crooked and curbed lines.
- Holland.
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.
Part wield their arms, part curb the foaming steed.
- Milton.
Where pinching want must curb thy warm desires.
- Prior.
3.To furnish with a curb, as a well; also, to restrain by a curb, as a bank of earth.
v. i.1.To bend; to crouch; to cringe.
Virtue itself of vice must pardon beg,
Yea, curb and woo for leave to do him good.
- Shak.
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.
He that before ran in the pastures wild
Felt the stiff curb control his angry jaws.
- Drayton.
By these men, religion,that should be
The curb, is made the spur of tyranny.
- Denham.
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.
3.A frame or wall round the mouth of a well; also, a frame within a well to prevent the earth caving in.
4.A curbstone.
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.
Curb bit
a stiff bit having branches by which a leverage is obtained upon the jaws of horse.
Curb pins
(Horology) the pins on the regulator which restrain the hairspring.
- Knight.
Curb plate
(Arch.) a plate serving the purpose of a curb.
Deck curb
See under Deck.

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