Pronunciation: (kur-tāl'),[key] —v.t. to cut short; cut off a part of; abridge; reduce; diminish.
Pronunciation: (kûr'tāl"),[key] —n.Archit. 1. a horizontal, spiral termination to the lower end of a stair railing.
2. Also called cur'tail step". a starting step having a scroll termination to one or both ends of the tread.