Pronunciation: (kûrb), [key]
1. a rim, esp. of joined stones or concrete, along a street or roadway, forming an edge for a sidewalk.
2. anything that restrains or controls; a restraint; check.
3. an enclosing framework or border.
4. Also called curb' bit". a bit used with a bridoon for control of a horse, to which a chain (curb' chain") is hooked.
5. Also called curb market; Brit., kerb market, kerbstone market. a market, originally on the sidewalk or street, for the sale of securities not listed on a stock exchange. Cf. American Stock Exchange.
6. the framework around the top of a well.
7. the arris between an upper and a lower slope on a gambrel or mansard roof.
8. a belt of metal, masonry, etc., for abutting a dome at its base.
9. (in a windmill) the track on which the cap turns.
10. Vet. Pathol.a swelling on the lower part of the back of the hock of a horse, often causing lameness.
11. Engin.the cutting edge at the bottom of a caisson.
12. Carpentry.See purlin plate.
1. to control as with a curb; restrain; check.
2. to cause to keep near the curb: Curb your dog.
3. to furnish with or protect by a curb.
4. to put a curb on (a horse). Also, Brit.,kerb (for defs. 1, 15).
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.