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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun curb:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb curb:


Curb is sometimes a misspelling of kerb.

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Definition of the noun curb

What does curb mean as a name of something?

noun - plural:

  • curb: curbs
  • Curb: -

  1. an edge between a sidewalk and a roadway consisting of a line of curbstones (usually forming part of a gutter)
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonyms of curb: curbing / kerb
    • more generic word: edge = a sharp side formed by the intersection of two surfaces of an object
    • part: curbstone / kerbstone = a paving stone forming part of a curb
  2. a horse's bit with an attached chain or strap to check the horse
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of curb: curb bit
    • more generic word: bit = piece of metal held in horse's mouth by reins and used to control the horse while riding
  3. a stock exchange in New York
  4. the act of restraining power or action or limiting excess
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of curb: bridle / check
    • more generic word: restraint = the act of controlling by restraining someone or something

Alternative definition of the noun curb


  1. [North America] A row of concrete along the edge of a road; a kerb (UK)
  2. A raised margin along the edge of something, as a strengthening.
  3. Something that checks or restrains.
  4. A riding or driving bit for a horse that has rein action which amplifies the pressure in the mouth by leverage advantage placing pressure on the poll via the crown piece of the bridle and chin groove via a curb chain.
  5. A sidewalk, covered or partially enclosed, bordering the airport terminal road system with an adjacent paved areas to permit vehicles to off-load or load passengers.

Definition of the verb curb

What does curb mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: curbed | curbing | curbs

  1. lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits
  2. keep to the curb
    • example: curb your dogs
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic words: cumber / encumber / restrain = restrict (someone or something) so as to make free movement difficult
  3. place restrictions on

Alternative definition of the verb curb


  1. To check, restrain or control.
  2. To rein in.
  3. To furnish with a curb.
  4. To force to "bite the curb" (hit the pavement curb); see curb stomp.
  5. To damage vehicle wheels or tires by running into or over a pavement curb.


  1. "Curb" is the first studio album by Canadian rock band Nickelback. Originally self-released by the band on May 1, 1996, the album was later reissued by Roadrunner in 2002, with a different album cover.
  2. "Curb" is a composition.


  1. Curb: A curb, or kerb, is the edge where a raised pavement/sidewalk/footpath, road median/central reservation, or road shoulder/hard shoulder meets an unraised street or other roadway.
  2. Curb is defined in older literature as enlargement secondary to inflammation and thickening of the long plantar ligament in horses. However, with the widespread use of diagnostic ultrasonography in equine medicine, curb has been redefined as a collection of soft tissue injuries of the distal plantar hock region. Curb is a useful descriptive term when describing swelling in this area.

Phrases with Curb

  1. curb bit
  2. curb roof
  3. Curb stomp
  4. Curb Appeal
  5. curb market
  6. Curb Number
  7. curb service
  8. Curb Stomped
  9. Roof Curb

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Curb

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Google previewThe Saturday Evening Post (1916)

But the curb is an older institution than even the New York Stock Exchange in its marble halls, and the police wink at the...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Londinensis, Or, Universal Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and Literature (1810)

J A curb is an iron chain made fast to the upper part of the branches of the bridle, in a hole called the eye, and running...

A curb is a hard and callous tumour, which runs along the inside of a horse's boof; that is, on that part of the hoof that is ...

Google previewA Complete Dictionary of the English Language, Both with Regard to Sound and Meaning (1790)

by Thomas Sheridan

CURB, kürb'. s. A curb is an iron chain, made fast to the upper part of the branches of ...

Google previewA Way to Get Wealth: (1695)

Containing Six Principal Vocations, Or Callings, in which Every Good Husband Or House-wife May Lawfully Imploy Themselves. As, ... by Gervase Markham

# A Splent is aboay excression under ther(nee or the fore-legg, the Curb is the like behind the hinder hough, the Spaven is the like on ...

Google previewTreatise on Veterinary Medicine ... (1820)

by James White (Veterinary surgeon.)

Curb. A curb is a swelling on the back part of the hind leg, about five or six inches below the point of the hock. It is seen most distinctly by taking a side view of the leg. Curbs more frequently happen to young horses than such as ...

Google previewThe Handyman's Guide (2011)

Essential Woodworking Tools and Techniques by Paul N. Hasluck

The plinth round the curb is a piece of 5-in. by #-in, board, with the top edge chambered as shown in Fig. 1434. The woodwork should have two or three coats of oil paint to make it more weather-proof. It will be advantageous to lay down a ...

Google previewProduct Integrity and Reliability in Design (2001)

by John W. Evans, Jillian Y. Evans

While the bath tub curb is an ideal model, it gives a great deal of insight into what factors may be dominating failure processes and limiting the reliability of the components over the life cycle. As this simple model shows, hazard rate can exhibit ...

Google previewMedical and Psychosocial Aspects of Chronic Illness and Disability (2016)

Medicine, Medicine by CTI Reviews

However, with the widespread use of diagnostic ultrasonography in equine medicine, curb has been redefined as a collection of soft tissue injuries of the distal plantar hock region. Curb is a useful descriptive term when describing swelling in ...

Google previewThe Farrier's New Guide (1722)

Containing First, the Anatomy of a Horse, ... Illustrated with Figures Curiously Engrav'd on Copper-plates. Secondly, an Account of All the Diseases Incident to Horses, ... The Third Edition Corrected. By W. Gibson by William Gibson

Curb. TH E Curb is a Swelling on the sinewy Parts of the Leg, a little below the Elbow of the Hough, but somewhat higher ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Transportation (2014)

Social Science and Policy by Mark Garrett

Examples oflevel changes include curbs(without curb ramps), grooves in concrete, heaving, treeroot infiltration, and smallsteps, ...

Google previewA Dictionary of the Underworld (2015)

British and American by Eric Partridge

curb, n. 'The Courber...

Google previewA Dictionary of Electrical Words, Terms and Phrases (1889)

by Edwin James Houston

Curb, Double (See Double Curb.) Curb Signaling. — In cable telegraphy a system for avoiding the effects of retardation by rapidly discharging the cable before another electric impulse is sent into it, not by connecting it to earth, but by reversing ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Pepsi-Cola Collectibles (2011)

by Stoddard

Curb stand signs were designed to fit in a frame that was set out on a sidewalk. Each frame normally held two signs back to back. This enabled a passerby to see the Pepsi sign from both directions. Additionally, curb stand signs were made ...

Google previewRSMeans Illustrated Construction Dictionary (2012)

by RSMeans

curb cock (curb stop)Acontrolvalve thatisplaced in the water supply pipethat runs froma water main ina streetto abuilding. curb form ...

Google previewKnight's American Mechanical Dictionary (1884)

A Description of Tools, Instruments, Machines, Processes, and Engineering; History of Inventions; General Technological Vocabulary; and Digest of Mechanical Appliances in Science and the Arts by Edward Henry Knight

CURB. CURB-PLATE. Fig. 1554. Cylindrical Well - Curb of Chicago Water-Works . It was 314 feet internal, 37 feet external, diameter, built of hard brick kid in hydraulic mortar, and plastered inside and out. It was banded every three feet with ...

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Quotes about Curb

We're thrilled to expand our relationship, knowing that with the great team at the Music Group, Word, and Warner Bros., and with their proven record of excellence, we're looking ahead to an even brighter future for Curb. (Mike Curb)
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Scrabble value of C3U1R1B3

The value of this 4-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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