Curtail


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Curtail

A spiral scroll-like termination of any architectural member, as at the end of a stair rail.

curtail

A short, spiral, scroll-like termination of any architectural member, as at the end of a stair rail.
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The whimsy, for it could be nothing more, curtailed me of my sleep that night, and you may picture me trying both sides of the pillow.
You have only knowledge enough of the language to translate at sight these inverted, transposed, curtailed Italian lines, into clear, comprehensible, elegant English.
The cottage accommodation at Marlott having been in this manner considerably curtailed by demolitions, every house which remained standing was required by the agriculturist for his work-people.
"I might have killed you, but that would have curtailed the full measure of the punishment you have earned at my hands.
Miss Bertram approved the decision, for the less he had to learn the better; and though she could not sympathise in his wish that the Count and Agatha might be to act together, nor wait very patiently while he was slowly turning over the leaves with the hope of still discovering such a scene, she very kindly took his part in hand, and curtailed every speech that admitted being shortened; besides pointing out the necessity of his being very much dressed, and chusing his colours.
Not many absolute monarchies are left, most of them having been replaced by limited monarchies, where the sovereign's power for evil (and for good) is greatly curtailed, and by republics, which are governed by chance.
Little Rawdon being disposed of, Lord Steyne, who took such a parental interest in the affairs of this amiable poor family, thought that their expenses might be very advantageously curtailed by the departure of Miss Briggs, and that Becky was quite clever enough to take the management of her own house.
No fascination has ever been attached to Oriental literature, equal to that produced by Mr Galland's first translation of the Arabian Tales; in which, retaining on the one hand the splendour of Eastern costume, and on the other the wildness of Eastern fiction, he mixed these with just so much ordinary feeling and expression, as rendered them interesting and intelligible, while he abridged the long-winded narratives, curtailed the monotonous reflections, and rejected the endless repetitions of the Arabian original.
While recent combinations of antiviral medications have shown a dramatic ability to curtail HIV replication, they must be taken several times a day, are expensive, can produce undesirable side effects, and don't work for everyone.
Summary: Srinagar (Jammu Kashmir) [India], Aug 2 (ANI): Panicked people here thronged the petrol pumps to get petrol and other items after the state government issued an advisory on Friday for the Amarnath Yatris and tourists to curtail their stay in the Valley.
The remittances being sent by the overseas Pakistanis showed some improvement and the exports also increased up to 11pc during the last eight months but the increased trade deficit has hampered any possibility to curtail the current account deficit.
In an unprecedented move, India has decided to curtail the annual Amarnath Yatra, the Hindu pilgrimage, in the Kashmir Valley due to an unspecified security threat in the state.