Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A chain used as a check upon the motion of any moving piece of apparatus.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • Sam, the tall ostler, was polishing a curb-chain wit sand; the lantern at his feet letting up spouts of candle-light through the holes with which its conical roof was peppered.

    Lay Morals

  • A sepoy brought the pony, and Flory pretended to examine the curb-chain.

    Burmese Days

  • The clink of a curb-chain made him lie flat again.

    Sharpe's Prey

  • Often I have risen and walked firmly through the room or field, holding myself in as I would rein in a horse which was striving to break away in spite of curb-chain, bridle, or bit.1

    Behavior in Public Places

  • She wished her skirts were long enough to be held up languidly like the lady walking in front: the hand holding up the skirt had a golden curb-chain on the wrist which drooped down to the neatly gloved hand, and between each link of the chain was set a blue turquoise, and upon this jewel the sun danced splendidly.

    Mary, Mary

  • A little farther, and he caught the ring of a curb-chain.

    Rung Ho

  • He wanted a golden chain, binding men to men the Anglo-Saxon world over, but a curb-chain nowhere.

    The Romance of a Pro-Consul

  • He wanted a golden chain, binding men to men the Anglo-Saxon world over, but a curb-chain nowhere.

    The Romance of a Pro-Consul Being The Personal Life And Memoirs Of The Right Hon. Sir George Grey, K.C.B.

  • "But yes -- by all means," she answered, with a lift of her head which suggested to Desmond a jerk on the curb-chain.

    The Great Amulet

  • He had an enormous bit on; and I was glad to see a leather strap under the curb-chain.

    Margot Asquith, an Autobiography - Two Volumes in One

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