What does RIB mean?

Definitions for RIBrɪb

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word RIB.

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"


  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

  17. Origin: [AS. rib, ribb; akin to D. rib, G. rippe, OHG. rippa, rippi, Dan. ribbe, Icel. rif, Russ. rebro.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Rib

    rib, n. one of the bones from the backbone which encircle the chest: anything like a rib in form or use: a piece of meat containing one or more ribs: a piece of timber which helps to form or strengthen the side of a ship: a vein of a leaf, or an insect's wing: a prominence running in a line: a ridge: (archit.) a moulding or projecting band on a ceiling: one of the rods on which the cover of an umbrella is extended: (coll.) a wife (from Gen. ii., 21-23).—v.t. to furnish or enclose with ribs: to form with rising lines—as corduroy: to enclose:—pr.p. rib′bing; pa.t. and pa.p. ribbed.—ns. Rib′-band, a piece of timber bolted longitudinally to the ribs of a vessel to hold them in position; Rib′bing, an arrangement of ribs; Rib′-grass, the ribwort plantain.—adj. Rib′less, having no ribs.—n. Rib′let, a rudimentary rib.—adjs. Rib′-like, like a rib: resembling a rib; Rib′-nosed, having the snout ribbed, as a baboon.—v.t. Rib′-roast, to beat soundly.—ns. Rib′-roast′er (coll.), a severe blow on the ribs; Rib′-roast′ing, a severe beating; Rib′-vault′ing. [A.S. ribb; Ger. rippe.]

  2. Rib

    rib, n. hound's tongue: water-cress. [A.S. ribbe.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

Anagrams for RIB »

  1. RBI

  2. Bri

  3. IRB

  4. Bri, IRB, RBI


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of RIB in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of RIB in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. John Bolte:

    But [for] someone that’s older, a couple of rib fractures, flail chest, problems breathing, pneumonia— it can really build up and cause a lot more issues.

  2. Paul Mangiamele:

    We’ll have a prime rib carving station and these big cast-iron doors where the prime rolls out, the optics will be impressive. It will smell great, look great, sound great.

  3. Grant Wilson:

    The idea of a night roll is that by wearing it around your waist, it fills in the gap between your hips and your rib cage, and therefore keeps the natural curves in your back and in your spine.

  4. Febin Melepura:

    About 1 percent of patients with low back pain have sciatica, but low back pain is a pain that is localized to the region below the lower rib cage and above the gluteal fold, whereas sciatica is a pain that radiates down one or both legs.

  5. Barbara Dorris:

    I went into the hospital because I had pain, i’d been coughing. I’d torn my diaphragm. I had seen these seven Vanderbilt angels standing over me, and they said, ‘Ma’am, were you aware you have a four-inch tumor under your right rib cage?’ I said, ‘No.’.

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