curb /ˈkɝb/ 名詞
Curb, v. i. To bend; to crouch; to cringe. [Obs.]
Virtue itself of vice must pardon beg,
Yea, curb and woo for leave to do him good. --Shak.
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.
He that before ran in the pastures wild
Felt the stiff curb control his angry jaws. --Drayton.
By these men, religion,that should be
The curb, is made the spur of tyranny. --Denham.
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.
3. A frame or wall round the mouth of a well; also, a frame within a well to prevent the earth caving in.
4. A curbstone.
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.
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.
Curb v. t. [imp. & p. p. Curbed p. pr. & vb. n. Curbing.]
1. To bend or curve. [Obs.]
Crooked and curbed lines. --Holland.
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.
Part wield their arms, part curb the foaming steed. --Milton.
Where pinching want must curb thy warm desires. --Prior.
3. To furnish with a curb, as a well; also, to restrain by a curb, as a bank of earth.
n 1: an edge between a sidewalk and a roadway consisting of a
line of curbstones (usually forming part of a gutter)
[syn: curbing, kerb]
2: a horse's bit with an attached chain or strap to check the
horse [syn: curb bit]
3: a stock exchange in New York [syn: American Stock Exchange,
4: the act of restraining power or action or limiting excess;
"his common sense is a bridle to his quick temper" [syn: bridle,
v 1: lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or
keep within limits; "moderate your alcohol intake";
"hold your tongue"; "hold your temper"; "control your
anger" [syn: control, hold in, hold, contain, check,
2: to put down by force or authority; "suppress a nascent
uprising"; "stamp down on littering"; "conquer one's
desires" [syn: suppress, stamp down, inhibit, subdue,
3: keep to the curb; "curb your dogs"
4: place restrictions on; "curtail drinking in school" [syn: restrict,
curtail, cut back]