Definition of curb noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//kɜːb//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kɜːrb//
    Features of roads
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  1. 1  curb (on something) something that controls and puts limits on something curbs on government spending Many companies have imposed curbs on smoking in the workplace. We are in favour of strict curbs on government spending.
  2. 2(North American English) (British English kerb) the edge of the raised path at the side of a road, usually made of long pieces of stone The bus mounted the curb (= went onto the sidewalk / pavement) and hit a tree. See related entries: Features of roads
  3. Word Originlate 15th cent. (denoting a strap fastened to the bit): from Old French courber ‘bend, bow’, from Latin curvare ‘to bend’, from curvus ‘bent’.
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