one of a series of curved bones that are articulated with the vertebrae and occur in pairs, 12 in humans, on each side of the vertebrate body, certain pairs being connected with the sternum and forming the thoracic wall.
a cut of meat, as beef, containing a rib.
ribs, spareribs (def 2).
any of several archlike members of a vault supporting it at the groins, defining its distinct surfaces, or dividing these surfaces into panels: including ogives and tiercerons.
any of several molded members or moldings, including ridge ribs and liernes, and on the surface of a vault accenting the ridges or dividing the surface into panels.
something resembling a rib in form, position, or use, as a supporting or strengthening part.
a structural member that supports the shape of something:
an umbrella rib.
Nautical. any of the curved framing members in a ship’s hull that rise upward and outward from the keel; frame.
a stiffening beam cast as part of a concrete slab.
a primary vein of a leaf.
a vertical ridge in cloth, especially in knitted fabrics.
a ridge, as in poplin or rep, caused by heavy yarn.
a wife (in humorous allusion to the creation of Eve. Gen. 2:21–22).
Ceramics. a scraper for smoothing clay being thrown on a potter’s wheel.
a metal ridge running along the top of the barrel of a firearm to simplify aligning the sights.
a longitudinal strip of metal joining the barrels of a double-barreled gun.
verb (used with object), ribbed, ribbing.
to furnish or strengthen with ribs.
to enclose as with ribs.
to mark with riblike ridges or markings.
verb (used with object), ribbed, ribbing.
to tease; make fun of.
any of the 24 curved elastic arches of bone that together form the chest wall in man. All are attached behind to the thoracic part of the spinal column Technical name costa Compare true rib, false ribs, floating rib
the corresponding bone in other vertebrates
a cut of meat including one or more ribs
a part or element similar in function or appearance to a rib, esp a structural or supporting member or a raised strip or ridge
a structural member in a wing that extends from the leading edge to the trailing edge and maintains the shape of the wing surface
a projecting moulding or band on the underside of a vault or ceiling, which may be structural or ornamental
one of a series of raised rows in knitted fabric See also ribbing (sense 3)
a raised ornamental line on the spine of a book where the stitching runs across it
any of the transverse stiffening timbers or joists forming the frame of a ship’s hull
any of the larger veins of a leaf
a metal strip running along the top of the barrel of a shotgun or handgun and guiding the alignment of the sights
a vein of ore in rock
a projecting ridge of a mountain; spur
verb (transitive) ribs, ribbing, ribbed
to furnish or support with a rib or ribs
to mark with or form into ribs or ridges
to knit plain and purl stitches alternately in order to make raised rows in (knitting)
(archaic) to enclose with or as if with ribs
verb ribs, ribbing, ribbed
(transitive) to tease or ridicule
a joke or hoax
One of a series of long curved bones occurring in 12 pairs in humans and extending from the spine to or toward the sternum.
Any of a series of long, curved bones extending from the spine and enclosing the chest cavity. In mammals, reptiles, and birds, the ribs curve toward the center of the chest and in most cases attach to the sternum (breastbone). There are 12 pairs of ribs in humans. See more at skeleton.
One of the main veins of a leaf.
see: stick to the ribs
- Rib site
networking (By analogy with backbone site) A host with an on-demand high-speed link to a backbone site that serves as a regional distribution point for lots of third-party traffic in electronic mail and Usenet news. Compare leaf site. [Jargon File] (1994-11-30)
noun 1. club steak. noun See rib-eye steak
[rib-tik-ling] /ˈrɪbˌtɪk lɪŋ/ adjective 1. very amusing; funny or hilarious: a book of rib-tickling stories. noun 1. a very amusing joke or story rib-tickling adjective 1. very amusing; causing laughter rib-tickler
[rib-tik-ling] /ˈrɪbˌtɪk lɪŋ/ adjective 1. very amusing; funny or hilarious: a book of rib-tickling stories. rib-tickling adjective 1. very amusing; causing laughter