a. a horse's bit with an attached chain or strap, which checks the horse
b. the chain or strap itself
2. a hard swelling on the hock of a horse
Vet science a swelling on the leg of a horse, below the point of the hock, usually caused by a sprain
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.
a thickening on the posterior surface of the tarsal joint of the horse. It is expressed externally by distortion in the region of the lower part of the fibular tarsal bone. It is caused by overgrowth of the tendons and ligaments in that area; sometimes it is the result of a congenital forward inclination of the fibular tarsal bone. Severe curb is accompanied by lameness, which reduces the horse’s working ability. As a rule, treatment is ineffective.
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A border of concrete or row of joined stones forming part of a gutter along a street edge.
A timber frame, circular or square, wedged in a shaft to make a foundation for walling or tubbing, or to support, with or without other timbering, the walls of the shaft.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
curb, Brit. kerb
1. A low wall of wood, metal, or masonry built around an opening in a roof or placed on the surface of a roof to support equipment.
2. A raised rim of concrete, stone, or metal which forms the edge of a street, sidewalk, or planted area.
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