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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ribrɪb(n.; v.)ribbed, rib•bing.

  1. (n.)one of a series of curved bones that are articulated with the vertebrae and occur in pairs, 12 in humans, on each side of the vertebrate body, certain pairs being connected with the sternum and forming the thoracic wall.

  2. a cut of meat containing a rib.

  3. ribs,

    Category: Common Vocabulary

    Ref: spareribs .

  4. one of several archlike members of a vault supporting it at the groins and defining its distinct surfaces. one of several ornamental projecting bands or moldings on the surface of a vault or ceiling dividing the surface into panels.

    Category: Architecture

  5. something resembling a rib in form, position, or use, as a supporting part:

    the ribs of an umbrella

  6. any of the curved framing members in a ship's hull that rise upward and outward from the keel; frame.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  7. a primary vein of a leaf.

  8. a vertical ridge in cloth, esp. in knitted fabrics. a ridge, as in poplin or rep, caused by heavy yarn.

    Category: Textiles

  9. a wife (in allusion to the creation of Eve. Gen. 2:21–22).

  10. (v.t.)to furnish or strengthen with ribs.

  11. to enclose as with ribs.

  12. to mark with riblike ridges or markings.

Origin of rib:

bef. 900; ME, OE rib(b); c. G Rippe

ribrɪb(v.t.)ribbed, rib•bing.

  1. to tease; make fun of.

Origin of rib:

1925–30, Amer.; appar. short for rib-tickle (v.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. rib(noun)

    support resembling the rib of an animal

  2. rib, costa(noun)

    any of the 12 pairs of curved arches of bone extending from the spine to or toward the sternum in humans (and similar bones in most vertebrates)

  3. rib(noun)

    cut of meat including one or more ribs

  4. rib(noun)

    a teasing remark

  5. rib(noun)

    a riblike supporting or strengthening part of an animal or plant

  6. rib(verb)

    a projecting molding on the underside of a vault or ceiling; may be ornamental or structural

  7. rib(verb)

    form vertical ribs by knitting

    "A ribbed sweater"

  8. ridicule, roast, guy, blackguard, laugh at, jest at, rib, make fun, poke fun(verb)

    subject to laughter or ridicule

    "The satirists ridiculed the plans for a new opera house"; "The students poked fun at the inexperienced teacher"; "His former students roasted the professor at his 60th birthday"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. rib(noun)ɪb

    one of the curved bones that protects the organs in the chest

    a cracked rib

  2. ribɪb

    a piece of meat with a rib bone still in it

    barbecued ribs


  1. rib(Noun)

    Any of a series of long curved bones occurring in 12 pairs in humans and other animals and extending from the spine to or toward the sternum

  2. rib(Noun)

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

  3. rib(Noun)

    A cut of meat enclosing one or more rib bones

  4. rib(Noun)

    Any of several curved members attached to a ship's keel and extending upward and outward to form the framework of the hull

  5. rib(Noun)

    Any of several transverse pieces that provide an aircraft wing with shape and strength

  6. rib(Noun)

    A long, narrow, usually arched member projecting from the surface of a structure, especially such a member separating the webs of a vault

  7. rib(Noun)

    A raised ridge in knitted material or in cloth

  8. rib(Noun)

    The main, or any of the prominent veins of a leaf

  9. rib(Noun)

    A teasing joke

  10. rib(Verb)

    To shape, support, or provide something with a rib or ribs

  11. rib(Verb)

    To tease or make fun of someone

    He always gets ribbed for his outrageous shirts.

  12. rib(Noun)

    A single strand of hair.

  13. rib(Noun)

    A stalk of celery.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rib(noun)

    one of the curved bones attached to the vertebral column and supporting the lateral walls of the thorax

  2. Rib(noun)

    that which resembles a rib in form or use

  3. Rib(noun)

    one of the timbers, or bars of iron or steel, that branch outward and upward from the keel, to support the skin or planking, and give shape and strength to the vessel

  4. Rib(noun)

    a ridge, fin, or wing, as on a plate, cylinder, beam, etc., to strengthen or stiffen it

  5. Rib(noun)

    one of the rods on which the cover of an umbrella is extended

  6. Rib(noun)

    a prominent line or ridge, as in cloth

  7. Rib(noun)

    a longitudinal strip of metal uniting the barrels of a double-barreled gun

  8. Rib(noun)

    the chief nerve, or one of the chief nerves, of a leaf

  9. Rib(noun)

    any longitudinal ridge in a plant

  10. Rib(noun)

    in Gothic vaulting, one of the primary members of the vault. These are strong arches, meeting and crossing one another, dividing the whole space into triangles, which are then filled by vaulted construction of lighter material. Hence, an imitation of one of these in wood, plaster, or the like

  11. Rib(noun)

    a projecting mold, or group of moldings, forming with others a pattern, as on a ceiling, ornamental door, or the like

  12. Rib(noun)

    solid coal on the side of a gallery; solid ore in a vein

  13. Rib(noun)

    an elongated pillar of ore or coal left as a support

  14. Rib(noun)

    a wife; -- in allusion to Eve, as made out of Adam's rib

  15. Rib(verb)

    to furnish with ribs; to form with rising lines and channels; as, to rib cloth

  16. Rib(verb)

    to inclose, as with ribs, and protect; to shut in


  1. Rib

    In vertebrate anatomy, ribs are the long curved bones which form the cage. In most vertebrates, ribs surround the chest, enabling the lungs to expand and thus facilitate breathing by expanding the chest cavity. They serve to protect the lungs, heart, and other internal organs of the thorax. In some animals, especially snakes, ribs may provide support and protection for the entire body.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'rib' in Nouns Frequency: #2767

Anagrams of rib

  1. RBI

  2. Bri

  3. IRB

  4. Bri, IRB, RBI

Translations for rib

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


any one of the bones which curve round and forward from the backbone, enclosing the heart and lungs.

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