The ribs of a human skeleton.
- The definition of a rib is any of the curved bones attached to the spinal column, or a raised ridge in fabric.
- An example of a rib is any of the twelve pairs of curved bones that make up the chest cavity in a human.
- An example of a rib is the raised ridge of fabric in the knit cuff of a sweater.
- To rib means to tease.
An example of rib is to make fun of and share stories about a person at their retirement party.
- any of the arched bones attached posteriorly to the vertebral column and enclosing the chest cavity: in humans there are twelve pairs of such bones
- a cut of meat having one or more ribs
- [pl.] spareribs
- a wife: in humorous reference to the Biblical creation of Eve from Adam's rib (Gen. 2:21-22)
- a raised ridge in cloth, esp. in knitted material
- any of the curved crosspieces extending from the keel to the top of the hull in a ship, forming its framework
- the structural crosspieces attached to a spar for shaping and strengthening an airplane wing
- any narrow riblike piece used to form, strengthen, or shape something: a rib of an umbrella
- a long curved piece in an arch
- any of the transverse and intersecting arches of a vault
- Bot. any of the main veins in a leaf
Origin of ribMiddle English ribbe from Old English rib, akin to Old Norse rif, German rippe from Indo-European base an unverified form rebh-, to arch over, roof over from source Classical Greek ereptein, to crown, Old Church Slavonic rebro, rib
transitive verbribbed, rib′bing
- to provide, form, or strengthen with a rib or ribs
- to put ribs in; mark with ribs
Origin of ribprob. < rib-ticklerSlang to tease or make fun of; kid
- Anatomy a. One of a series of long curved bones occurring in 12 pairs in humans and extending from the spine to or toward the sternum.b. A similar bone in most vertebrates.
- A part or piece similar to a rib and serving to shape or support: the rib of an umbrella.
- A cut of meat enclosing one or more rib bones.
- Nautical One of many curved members attached to a boat or ship's keel and extending upward and outward to form the framework of the hull.
- One of many transverse pieces that provide an airplane wing with shape and strength.
- Architecture A long, narrow, usually arched member projecting from the surface of a structure, especially such a member separating the webs of a vault.
- A raised ridge or wale in knitted material or in cloth.
- Botany The main vein or any of the prominent veins of a leaf or other plant organ.
- Slang A teasing remark or action; a joke.
transitive verbribbed, rib·bing, ribs
- To shape, support, or provide with a rib or ribs.
- To make with ridges or raised markings.
- Informal To tease or make fun of: ribbed my friend about losing the game.
Origin of ribMiddle English from Old English ribb