curb cut


variants or curb ramp
plural curb cuts or curb ramps
: a ramp cut into a street curb to provide access (as for wheelchairs or strollers) between a sidewalk and the street
… and only 20 percent of our sidewalks have curb cuts. We are far behind ADA standards.Meredith Kurz
The project also calls for the replacement of curb ramps at crosswalks around the parking lot and across from it …Adrian Rodriguez
: a ramp cut into a street curb to provide vehicular access to a driveway or parking space
Dan Gunsteen … is redeveloping the site for a new car wash. The proposal calls for a … vehicular driveway from Main Street utilizing the existing access location and a new full access from 17th Street. The current curb cuts would be closed.Eric Schelkopf

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In addition, a curb cut where Shumow rode into the station has been moved and officials installed an electronic message board that alerts riders when a train is approaching the station. Andrea Estes,, 28 Mar. 2023 Additional provisions could also remove the option for a parking survey or create an exception depending on the impact of curb cuts. Teo Armus, Washington Post, 16 Mar. 2023 Sidewalk curb cuts, for instance, were implemented for people who are wheelchair or motorized scooter users. Alex Montoyacommunity Voices Contributor, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Mar. 2023 The residential neighbors of bars and restaurants whose streets are jammed with spillover parking or families whose walks dead-end into cars spilling from too-small lots into the curb cuts in sidewalks. Dallas News, 21 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1924, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of curb cut was in 1924

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Cite this Entry

“Curb cut.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2023.

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