Curb Curb (k[^u]rb), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Curbed} (k[^u]rbd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Curbing}.] [F. courber to bend, curve, L.curvare, fr. curvus bent, curved; cf. Gr. kyrto`s curved. Cf. {Curve}.] 1. To bend or curve. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Crooked and curbed lines. --Holland. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

Part wield their arms, part curb the foaming steed. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Where pinching want must curb thy warm desires. --Prior. [1913 Webster]

3. To furnish with a curb, as a well; also, to restrain by a curb, as a bank of earth. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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