Curb bit
Curb Curb, 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. [1913 Webster]

He that before ran in the pastures wild Felt the stiff curb control his angry jaws. --Drayton. [1913 Webster]

By these men, religion,that should be The curb, is made the spur of tyranny. --Denham. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

3. A frame or wall round the mouth of a well; also, a frame within a well to prevent the earth caving in. [1913 Webster]

4. A curbstone. [1913 Webster]

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. --James Law. [1913 Webster]

{Curb bit}, a stiff bit having branches by which a leverage is obtained upon the jaws of horse. --Knight.

{Curb pins} (Horology), the pins on the regulator which restrain the hairspring.

{Curb plate} (Arch.), a plate serving the purpose of a curb.

{Deck curb}. See under {Deck}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Curb bit — A Western style curb bit with leather curb strap An English style Weymouth curb …   Wikipedia

  • curb bit — noun a horse s bit with an attached chain or strap to check the horse • Syn: ↑curb • Hypernyms: ↑bit * * * noun : a stiff bit having branches by which a leverage is obtained upon the jaws of a horse see bridle illustration * * * curb bit, a horse …   Useful english dictionary

  • curb bit — noun A type of bit used on a bridle, which works by leverage and has shanks and a curb chain …   Wiktionary

  • curb bit — /ˈkɜb bɪt/ (say kerb bit) noun a bit for a horse, which, by slight effort, produces great pressure on the mouth for controlling the animal …   Australian English dictionary

  • Curb — Curb, 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. [1913 Webster] He that… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Curb pins — Curb Curb, 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. [1913 Webster] He… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Curb plate — Curb Curb, 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. [1913 Webster] He… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Curb — may refer to: Curb (road), or kerb, the edge where a raised pavement/sidewalk/footpath, road median, or road shoulder meets an unraised street or other roadway. Curb Records, a record label started by Mike Curb in 1973. Curb Your Enthusiasm, HBO… …   Wikipedia

  • curb — [kʉrb] n. [ME & OFr courbe, curve, curb, orig., adj., curved, bent < L curvus: see CURVE] 1. a chain or strap passed around a horse s lower jaw and attached to the bit (curb bit): the curb checks the horse by causing it to lower its head when… …   English World dictionary

  • Bit (horse) — For other uses, see bit (disambiguation). A horse wearing an English bridle with a snaffle bit and a cavesson A bit is a type of horse tack used in equestrian activities, usually made of metal or a synthetic material, and is placed in the mouth… …   Wikipedia

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