Definitions for ribbingˈrɪb ɪŋ

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ribbing(noun)

    a framework of ribs

  2. tease, teasing, ribbing, tantalization(noun)

    the act of harassing someone playfully or maliciously (especially by ridicule); provoking someone with persistent annoyances

    "he ignored their teases"; "his ribbing was gentle but persistent"


  1. ribbing(Noun)

    The action of the verb to rib.

  2. ribbing(Noun)

    Collectively, the ribs on an object.

  3. ribbing(Noun)

    An instance of teasing.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ribbing

    of Rib

  2. Ribbing(noun)

    an assemblage or arrangement of ribs, as the timberwork for the support of an arch or coved ceiling, the veins in the leaves of some plants, ridges in the fabric of cloth, or the like


  1. Ribbing

    In knitting, ribbing is a pattern in which vertical stripes of stockinette stitch alternate with vertical stripes of reverse stockinette stitch. These two types of stripes may be separated by other stripes in which knit and purl stitches alternate vertically; such plissé stripes add width and depth to ribbing but not more elasticity. The number of knit and purl stripes are generally equal, although they need not be. When they are equal, the fabric has no tendency to curl, unlike stockinette stitch. Such ribbing looks the same on both sides and is useful for garments such as scarves. Ribbing is notated by x. Thus, 1x1 ribbing has one knit stitch, followed by one purl stitch, followed by one knit stitch, and so on. Ribbing has a strong tendency to contract laterally, forming small pleats in which the purl stitches recede and the knit stitches come forward. Thus, ribbing is often used for cuffs, sweater hems and, more generally, any edge that should be form-fitting. The elasticity depends on the number of knit/purl transitions; 1x1 ribbing is more elastic than 2x2 ribbing, etc. However, some cable patterns may "pull in" more than ribbing; in such cases, a ribbed border may flare out instead of contracting.

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