from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A stone or row of stones that constitutes a curb.
  • adjective Untrained or unsophisticated; amateurish.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A stone placed against earth or brick- or stonework to prevent it from falling out or spreading.
  • noun Specifically, one of the stones set together on edge at the outer side of a sidewalk, forming a curb.
  • noun Formerly also spelled kerbstone, kirbstone.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A stone set along a margin as a limit and protection, as along the edge of a sidewalk next the roadway; an edge stone.
  • noun See under Broker.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Alternative spelling of kerbstone.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a paving stone forming part of a curb


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  • "Ahead of him, in the winter night, loomed a big unlit house. As he drew near he thought how often he had seen it blazing with lights, its steps awninged and carpeted, and carriages waiting in double line to draw up at the curbstone."

    - Edith Wharton, 'The Age of Innocence'.

    September 20, 2009

  • curbstone consultation, curbstone interview, curbstone research?

    I have it in my head that there is some curbstone-related term whose meaning is 'cursory', 'superficial', 'incomplete', if not completely 'madeupical'. The derivation being from paid census-takers who would just fill in forms for the households they were supposed to be interviewing without ever actually performing the interviews - thus, from the 'curb'.

    Am I imagining this, or has anyone else heard a similar term in this context? A google search yields a few roughly similar uses of the term 'curbstone consultation' in a medical context.

    September 23, 2009

  • How about curb-idle stop screw?

    September 23, 2009