Rib meaning

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One of many transverse pieces that provide an airplane wing with shape and strength.
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A wife.
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(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.
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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.

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To rib means to tease.

An example of rib is to make fun of and share stories about a person at their retirement party.

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A part or piece similar to a rib and serving to shape or support.

The rib of an umbrella.

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A cut of meat enclosing one or more rib bones.
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(architecture) A long, narrow, usually arched member projecting from the surface of a structure, especially such a member separating the webs of a vault.
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A raised ridge or wale in knitted material or in cloth.
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To shape, support, or provide with a rib or ribs.
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To make with ridges or raised markings.
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(informal) To tease or make fun of.

Ribbed my friend about losing the game.

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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.
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A raised ridge in cloth, esp. in knitted material.
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Any of the curved crosspieces extending from the keel to the top of the hull in a ship, forming its framework.
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The structural crosspieces attached to a spar for shaping and strengthening an airplane wing.
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Any narrow riblike piece used to form, strengthen, or shape something.

A rib of an umbrella.

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(bot.) Any of the main veins in a leaf.
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To provide, form, or strengthen with a rib or ribs.
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To put ribs in; mark with ribs.
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(slang) To tease or make fun of; kid.
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One of a series of long curved bones occurring in 12 pairs in humans and extending from the spine to or toward the sternum.
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A similar bone in most vertebrates.
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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.
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One of the main veins of a leaf.
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(acronym) Rigid inflatable boat — A lightweight inflatable boat with a rigid hull.
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(botany) The main vein or any of the prominent veins of a leaf or other plant organ.
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(slang) A teasing remark or action; a joke.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
rib
Plural:
ribs

Origin of rib

  • Middle English from Old English ribb

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition