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kerbstone

[kurb-stohn]
noun British.
  1. curbstone.
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curbstone

[kurb-stohn]
noun
  1. one of the stones, or a range of stones, forming a curb, as along a street.
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Also British, kerb·stone.

Origin of curbstone

First recorded in 1785–95; curb + stone
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Examples from the Web for kerbstone

Historical Examples

  • The wheels of a cab grazed the kerbstone, a murmured direction followed.

    A Pair of Blue Eyes

    Thomas Hardy

  • A carriage was drawn up by the kerbstone; the doors of it were open.

    Vittoria, Complete

    George Meredith

  • In Queen Victoria Street he stopped on the kerbstone, and looked about him.

    Love and the Ironmonger

    F. J. (Frederick John) Randall

  • The cab-door slammed, the wheels ground on the kerbstone, my début was over.

    Memoirs of a Midget

    Walter de la Mare

  • He fell down on th' kerbstone and wouldn't get up-- turned sulky like.

    The Book of the Bush

    George Dunderdale


British Dictionary definitions for kerbstone

kerbstone

US and Canadian curbstone

noun
  1. one of a series of stones that form a kerb
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curbstone

noun
  1. the US spelling of kerbstone
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Word Origin and History for kerbstone

curbstone

n.

1791, from curb (n.) + stone (n.).

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