- 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.
The ribs of a human skeleton.
rib definition by Webster's New World
- 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
- 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
Origin: < the rib, senseSlang
- a teasing or bantering remark or action
- a satire or parody
- 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: Middle 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
rib definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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.
- To shape, support, or provide with a rib or ribs.
- To make with ridges or raised markings.
- Informal To tease or make fun of. See Synonyms at banter.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English ribb.
rib - Medical Definition
rib - Phrases/Idioms
rib - Science Definition
- Any of a series of long, curved bones extending from the spine and enclosing the chest cavity. In mammals, reptiles, and birds, the ribs curve toward the center of the chest and in most cases attach to the sternum (breastbone). There are 12 pairs of ribs in humans. See more at skeleton.
- One of the main veins of a leaf.