curb

The hard thing about learning how to parallel park is trying to get the car close enough to the curb without hitting it. A curb is the edge of the sidewalk beside the road.

When you're using the word curb as a noun, it's the raised edging beside a street. When curb is a verb, it means to restrain or hold back, like when you curb your impulse to laugh while watching a badly acted play. Curb comes from the Latin word for "curve," curvus, which describes the shape of a restraining strap on a horse's head — in the fifteenth century, this band was called a curb.

Primary Meanings of curb

1.
nv
the act of restraining power or action or limiting excess
lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits
2.
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an edge between a sidewalk and a roadway consisting of a line of curbstones (usually forming part of a gutter)
keep to the curb
Full Definitions of curb
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n the act of restraining power or action or limiting excess

Synonyms:
bridle, check
Type of:
restraint
the act of controlling by restraining someone or something

n a horse's bit with an attached chain or strap to check the horse

Synonyms:
curb bit
Type of:
bit
piece of metal held in horse's mouth by reins and used to control the horse while riding

v lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits

Synonyms:
check, contain, control, hold, hold in, moderate
Types:
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bound, confine, limit, restrain, restrict, throttle, trammel
place limits on (extent or access)
conquer, inhibit, stamp down, subdue, suppress
to put down by force or authority
damp
restrain or discourage
crucify, mortify, subdue
hold within limits and control
abnegate, deny
deny oneself (something); restrain, especially from indulging in some pleasure
restrict
place under restrictions; limit access to
train
cause to grow in a certain way by tying and pruning it
catch
check oneself during an action
bate
moderate or restrain; lessen the force of
thermostat
control the temperature with a thermostat
counteract, countercheck
oppose or check by a counteraction
blink, blink away, wink
force to go away by blinking
reduce, tighten
narrow or limit
tie
limit or restrict to
gate
restrict (school boys') movement to the dormitory or campus as a means of punishment
draw a line, draw the line
reasonably object (to) or set a limit (on)
mark off, mark out
set boundaries to and delimit
harness, rein, rule
keep in check
baffle, regulate
check the emission of (sound)
cramp, halter, hamper, strangle
prevent the progress or free movement of
dampen, stifle
smother or suppress
choke back, choke down, choke off
suppress
constrain, stiffen, tighten, tighten up
restrict
clamp down, crack down
repress or suppress (something regarded as undesirable)
hush, hush up, quieten, shut up, silence, still
cause to be quiet or not talk
inhibit
limit the range or extent of
burke
get rid of, silence, or suppress
silence
keep from expression, for example by threats or pressure
quell, quench, squelch
suppress or crush completely
constrain, cumber, encumber, restrain
hold back
muffle, repress, smother, stifle, strangle
conceal or hide
mortify
practice self-denial of one's body and appetites
classify
declare unavailable, as for security reasons
taboo
declare as sacred and forbidden
trellis
train on a trellis, as of a vine
scant, skimp
limit in quality or quantity
localise, localize
restrict something to a particular area
Type of:
hold back, keep, keep back, restrain
keep under control; keep in check

v place restrictions on

Synonyms:
curtail, cut back, restrict
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abridge
lessen, diminish, or curtail
immobilise, immobilize
cause to be unable to move
paralyse, paralyze
cause to be paralyzed and immobile
stun, stupefy
make senseless or dizzy by or as if by a blow
Type of:
circumscribe, confine, limit
restrict or confine, "I limit you to two visits to the pub a day"

v put down by force or authority

Synonyms:
conquer, inhibit, stamp down, subdue, suppress
Types:
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blink, blink away, wink
force to go away by blinking
dampen, stifle
smother or suppress
choke back, choke down, choke off
suppress
hush, hush up, quieten, shut up, silence, still
cause to be quiet or not talk
burke
get rid of, silence, or suppress
silence
keep from expression, for example by threats or pressure
quell, quench, squelch
suppress or crush completely
muffle, repress, smother, stifle, strangle
conceal or hide
shush
silence (someone) by uttering `shush!'
choke, suffocate
suppress the development, creativity, or imagination of
calm down, lull
become quiet or less intensive
shout down
silence or overwhelm by shouting
gag, muzzle
prevent from speaking out
Type of:
check, contain, control, hold, hold in, moderate
lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits
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n an edge between a sidewalk and a roadway consisting of a line of curbstones (usually forming part of a gutter)

Synonyms:
curbing, kerb
Type of:
edge
a sharp side formed by the intersection of two surfaces of an object

v keep to the curb

curb your dogs”
Type of:
constrain, cumber, encumber, restrain
hold back

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