curtail definition

  • verb-transitive:
    • To reduce brief or lower. See Synonyms at shorten.
    • To take off the conclusion or end, or any part, of; to reduce; to abridge; to decrease; to reduce.
    • To reduce short or decrease. See Synonyms at shorten.
    • To cut off the conclusion or end, or any component, of; to reduce; to abridge; to decrease; to lessen.
  • verb:
    • To cut brief the tail of an animal
    • To reduce or abridge the length of time of one thing; to truncate.
    • To restrict or limit, keep in check.
    • terminate or abbreviate before its intended or appropriate end or its complete extent
    • location restrictions on
    • To reduce short the end of an animal
    • To shorten or abridge the duration of one thing; to truncate.
    • To limit or limit, retain in check.
    • terminate or abbreviate before its desired or appropriate end or its full degree
    • spot constraints on
  • noun:
    • A scroll cancellation, at the time of one step, etc.
    • The scroll termination of any architectural member, since a step, etc.
    • A corruption of curtal. Compare curtail, v.
    • In architecture, an associate shaped like a volute or scroll, particularly in stair-building, like in the lower termination of a hand-rail or the projection associated with least expensive action of a flight. See curtail-step.
    • A scroll termination, at the time of a step, etc.
    • The scroll termination of any architectural member, by a step, etc.
    • A corruption of curtal. Compare curtail, v.
    • In design, a part formed like a volute or scroll, particularly in stair-building, like in the lower cancellation of a hand-rail or perhaps the projection associated with most affordable action of a flight. See curtail-step.
  • others:
    • To reduce short; cut-off the finish or a part of; dock; diminish in degree or amount: as, to reduce words.
    • To deprive by excision or treatment; abate by deprivation or negation: because, to reduce certainly one of part of his allowance, or of their correct subject.
    • To cut brief; stop the conclusion or part of; dock; diminish in degree or quantity: as, to curtail words.
    • To deprive by excision or elimination; abate by deprivation or negation: since, to curtail one of element of his allowance, or of their appropriate name.

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