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Definition rib


From Middle English rib, ribbe, from Old English ribb (“rib”), from Proto-Germanic *ribją (“rib, reef”), from Proto-Indo-European *h₁rebʰ- (“arch, ceiling, cover”). Cognate with Dutch rib (“rib”), Low German ribbe (“rib”), German Rippe (“rib”), Old Norse rif (“rib, reef”), Serbo-Croatian rèbro (“rib”).


rib (plural ribs)

  1. 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. A part or piece, similar to a rib, and serving to shape or support something
  3. A cut of meat enclosing one or more rib bones
  4. (nautical) Any of several curved members attached to a ship's keel and extending upward and outward to form the framework of the hull
  5. Any of several transverse pieces that provide an aircraft wing with shape and strength
  6. (architecture) A long, narrow, usually arched member projecting from the surface of a structure, especially such a member separating the webs of a vault
  7. (knitting) A raised ridge in knitted material or in cloth
  8. (botany) The main, or any of the prominent veins of a leaf
  9. A teasing joke
  10. (Ireland, colloquial) A single strand of hair.
  11. A stalk of celery.
  12. (archaic, literary, humorous) A wife or woman.


rib (third-person singular simple present ribs, present participle ribbing, simple past and past participle ribbed)

  1. To shape, support, or provide something with a rib or ribs.
  2. To tease or make fun of someone in a good-natured way.
  3. To enclose, as if with ribs, and protect; to shut in.
  4. (transitive) To leave strips of undisturbed ground between the furrows in ploughing (land).

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