Definition of kerb in English:

kerb

(US curb)

noun

  • A stone edging to a pavement or raised path.

    • ‘Rising bollards, bus-priority traffic lights and redesigned kerbs, which match the height of lowering buses, will be phased in.’
    • ‘Edging towards the side of the pavement, he sat down on the kerb.’
    • ‘Works to raise kerbs and improve lighting on the A414 in Danbury will begin on Monday.’
    • ‘At the junctions, the Council also needs to replace the step kerb with drop kerbs suitable for wheelchairs.’
    • ‘And why on earth were the original kerbs and traffic island ripped out and replaced in virtually the same places as before?’
    • ‘Traces of the stone kerb can be seen on the east side.’
    • ‘He lost control of the car, striking a kerb, a stone wall and a telegraph pole.’
    • ‘They cross zebra crossings when pedestrians are on them, mount the kerb and have a disregard for cycle lanes.’
    • ‘There are not enough drop kerbs and crossings and the pavements are not wide enough in places.’
    • ‘The good news was that the attractive cul-de-sac's pavements and kerbs were to be overhauled.’
    • ‘If I want to travel just a few hundred yards I have to negotiate sloping pavements and steep curbs in my chair.’
    • ‘If the plans get the go-ahead they will include improvements to the pavements like dropping kerbs where appropriate.’
    • ‘The car drove across the carriageway and mounted the kerb on the opposite side of the road.’
    • ‘He was just stepping into the bus lane off the left kerb as I went past.’
    • ‘They were going to the pelican crossing, but stepped off the kerb because they were frightened by a dog on the pavement.’
    • ‘County council contractors will widen the pavement and narrow the road as well as install new paving, kerbs and better street lighting to boost safety and visibility.’
    • ‘I was almost knocked off my bike by three different cars pulling over at the last moment and parking straddling the kerb and road rendering the cycle lane worthless.’
    • ‘Local government also wastes a lot of resources on building kerbs, enlarging traffic islands, putting in vast amounts of street furniture to obstruct vision and unnecessary signage.’
    • ‘He was furious with motorists parking outside his firm so he painted double-yellow lines near the kerb.’
    • ‘It is blindingly obvious that the pavements and kerbs have not been swept for years.’

Origin

Mid 17th century (denoting a raised border or frame): variant of curb.

Pronunciation:

kerb

/kəːb/