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A stone or row of stones that constitutes a curb.
Untrained or unsophisticated; amateurish: a curbstone commentator.


(Building) the US spelling of kerbstone



one of the stones, or a range of stones, forming a curb, as along a street.
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Noun1.curbstone - a paving stone forming part of a curb
curb, curbing, kerb - an edge between a sidewalk and a roadway consisting of a line of curbstones (usually forming part of a gutter)
paving stone - a stone used for paving
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(kəːb) noun
1. something which restrains or controls. We'll have to put a curb on his enthusiasm.
2. (American) a kerb.
to hold back, restrain or control. You must curb your spending.
ˈcurbstone noun
(American) a kerbstone.
References in classic literature ?
Poor Lazarus there, chattering his teeth against the curbstone for his pillow, and shaking off his tatters with his shiverings, he might plug up both ears with rags, and put a corn-cob into his mouth, and yet that would not keep out the tempestuous Euroclydon.
Now a broad black carpet was brought out and laid down the marble steps and out across the sidewalk to the curbstone.
At this stage of the proceedings, a narrow bright red carpet was unrolled and stretched from the top of the marble steps to the curbstone, along the center of the black carpet.
Chihun thumped Moti Guj's bald head as a paver thumps a curbstone.
The idea of this monstrous exposure of her person was so painful to her relations that they could have covered with gold the ingenious person who suddenly discovered that the chair was too wide to pass between the iron uprights of the awning which extended from the church door to the curbstone.
We see the ladies go out shopping, in the most natural way, and flit from street to street and from store to store, just in the good old fashion, except that they leave the gondola, instead of a private carriage, waiting at the curbstone a couple of hours for them,--waiting while they make the nice young clerks pull down tons and tons of silks and velvets and moire antiques and those things; and then they buy a paper of pins and go paddling away to confer the rest of their disastrous patronage on some other firm.
He returned the glance with a lightning-like look of diabolical fierceness, and, turning round, stood upon the curbstone and called a hansom.
The man saw it, too, and had him up in a minute; but he could n't stand, and stared about him in a dazed sort of way, as he sat on the curbstone, while Polly held her handkerchief to his forehead, and pathetically begged to know if he was killed.
He skipped wildly out of the way and up on the curbstone with a purely instinctive precision; his mind had nothing to do with his movements.
She turned and began to walk slowly close to the curbstone, reminding me of the time when I discovered her walking near the edge of a ninety-foot sheer drop.
The only reminder of mortality was a doctor's brougham arrested in august solitude close to the curbstone.
As we stood on the curbstone waiting for a tramcar to pass, he remarked gloomily--