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[kurb] /kɜrb/
noun, verb (used with object), British.
curb (defs 1, 15).
Can be confused
curb, kerb. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for kerb
Historical Examples
  • There was a mess of thick, congealing blood splashed on the road and the kerb.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine
  • I felt inclined to sit down on the kerb and hold my head in my hands.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • A stone “kerb,” or banquette, ran around one portion of the wall.

    The Quadroon Mayne Reid
  • A man in my persition has got no right to dress as if he kept a stall on the kerb.

  • At the end of the street a taxi was drawn up at the kerb awaiting him.

    Mademoiselle of Monte Carlo William Le Queux
  • There was a line of cars parked at the kerb, but he could see no one.

    Beginners Luck Emily Hahn
  • It was in the road, madame, just against the kerb, in the rue de Berri.

    To Tell You the Truth Leonard Merrick
  • For the kerb uproar "the uncommunicating muteness of fishes" was the only panacea.

  • Bill pushed his hat forward and walked along on the edge of the kerb.

    While the Billy Boils Henry Lawson
  • In a moment he came back followed by the cab, which drew up by the kerb.

    December Love Robert Hichens
British Dictionary definitions for kerb


a line of stone or concrete forming an edge between a pavement and a roadway, so that the pavement is some 15 cm above the level of the road
(transitive) to provide with or enclose with a kerb
Word Origin
C17: from Old French courbe bent, from Latin curvus; see curve
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for kerb

1660s, a variant of curb (q.v.). The preferred British English spelling in certain specialized senses, especially "edging of stone on a pavement" (1805).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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