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)
- 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
- A part or piece, similar to a rib, and serving to shape or support something
- A cut of meat enclosing one or more rib bones
- (nautical) Any of several curved members attached to a ship's keel and extending upward and outward to form the framework of the hull
- Any of several transverse pieces that provide an aircraft wing with shape and strength
- (architecture) A long, narrow, usually arched member projecting from the surface of a structure, especially such a member separating the webs of a vault
- (knitting) A raised ridge in knitted material or in cloth
- (botany) The main, or any of the prominent veins of a leaf
- A teasing joke
- (Ireland, colloquial) A single strand of hair.
- A stalk of celery.
- (archaic, literary, humorous) A wife or woman.
rib (third-person singular simple present ribs, present participle ribbing, simple past and past participle ribbed)
- To shape, support, or provide something with a rib or ribs.
- To tease or make fun of someone in a good-natured way.
- To enclose, as if with ribs, and protect; to shut in.
- (transitive) To leave strips of undisturbed ground between the furrows in ploughing (land).