see also: RIB
Pronunciation Noun

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
    • 1882, Thomas Hardy, chapter I, in Two on a Tower. A Romance. [...] In Three Volumes, volume I, London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington, […], OCLC 654408264 ↗, page 1 ↗:
      On an early winter afternoon, clear but not cold, when the vegetable world was a weird multitude of skeletons through whose ribs the sun shone freely, a gleaming landau came to a pause on the crest of a hill in Wessex.
  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.
    • 1862, George Borrow, Wild Wales
      'Near to it was the portrait of his rib, Dame Middleton.'
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rib (ribs, present participle ribbing; 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.
    He always gets ribbed for his outrageous shirts.
  3. To enclose, as if with ribs, and protect; to shut in.
    • c. 1596–1598, William Shakespeare, “The Merchant of Venice”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act II, scene vii]:
      It [lead] were too gross / To rib her cerecloth in the obscure grave.
  4. (transitive) To leave strips of undisturbed ground between the furrows in ploughing (land).
  • Russian: дразни́ть

rib (plural ribs)

  1. (botany) Hound's-tongue (Cynoglossum officinale).
  2. (botany) Costmary (Tanacetum balsamita).
  3. (botany) Watercress (Nasturtium officinale).


rib (plural ribs)

  1. (acronym) Rigid inflatable boat — A lightweight inflatable boat with a rigid hull.
  2. (internet) routing information base
  • (boat) rigid inflatable boat
  • (boat) rigid-hulled inflatable boat
  • (boat) rhibbie
  • (boat) ribbie
  • (boat) RHIB

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