Curtail

Definition of Curtail

Cur`tail´   Pronunciation: k?r´t?l
v. t.1.To cut off the end or tail, or any part, of; to shorten; to abridge; to diminish; to reduce.
[imp. & p. p. Curtailed (-tāld"); p. pr. & vb. n. Curtailing.]
I, that am curtailed of this fair proportion.
- Shak.
Our incomes have been curtailed; his salary has been doubled.
- Macaulay.
n.1.The scroll termination of any architectural member, as of a step, etc.

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