Pronunciation: (kur-tāl'), [key]
to cut short; cut off a part of; abridge; reduce; diminish.
Pronunciation: (kûr'tāl"), [key]
1. a horizontal, spiral termination to the lower end of a stair railing.
2. Also called cur'tail step". a starting step having a scroll termination to one or both ends of the tread.
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