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.

Definitions of curb
  1. noun
    the act of restraining power or action or limiting excess
    synonyms: bridle, check
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    restraint
    the act of controlling by restraining someone or something
  2. noun
    a horse's bit with an attached chain or strap to check the horse
    synonyms: curb bit
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    bit
    piece of metal held in horse's mouth by reins and used to control the horse while riding
  3. verb
    lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits
    synonyms: check, contain, control, hold, hold in, moderate
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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
    constrict, 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
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    hold back, keep, keep back, restrain
    keep under control; keep in check
  4. verb
    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
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    circumscribe, confine, limit
    restrict or confine
  5. verb
    put down by force or authority
    synonyms: conquer, inhibit, stamp down, subdue, suppress
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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
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    check, contain, control, hold, hold in, moderate
    lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits
  6. noun
    an edge between a sidewalk and a roadway consisting of a line of curbstones (usually forming part of a gutter)
    synonyms: curbing, kerb
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    edge
    a sharp side formed by the intersection of two surfaces of an object
  7. verb
    keep to the curb
    curb your dogs”
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