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 for Curb
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Curb \Curb\ (k[^u]rb), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Curbed (k[^u]rbd);
     p. pr. & vb. n. Curbing.] [F. courber to bend, curve,
     L.curvare, fr. curvus bent, curved; cf. Gr. kyrto`s curved.
     Cf. Curve.]
     1. To bend or curve. [Obs.]
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              Crooked and curbed lines.             --Holland.
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     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.
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              Part wield their arms, part curb the foaming steed.
                                                    --Milton.
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              Where pinching want must curb thy warm desires.
                                                    --Prior.
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     3. To furnish with a curb, as a well; also, to restrain by a
        curb, as a bank of earth.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Curb \Curb\, v. i.
     To bend; to crouch; to cringe. [Obs.]
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           Virtue itself of vice must pardon beg,
           Yea, curb and woo for leave to do him good. --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Curb \Curb\, n.
     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.
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              He that before ran in the pastures wild
              Felt the stiff curb control his angry jaws.
                                                    --Drayton.
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              By these men, religion,that should be
              The curb, is made the spur of tyranny. --Denham.
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     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.
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     3. A frame or wall round the mouth of a well; also, a frame
        within a well to prevent the earth caving in.
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     4. A curbstone.
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     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. --James Law.
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     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.
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