rib

1 of 4

noun (1)

1
a
: any of the paired curved bony or partly cartilaginous rods that stiffen the walls of the body of most vertebrates and protect the viscera
b(1)
: a cut of meat including a rib see beef illustration
(2)
: a boneless cut of meat (such as beef or pork) from a rib section
c
[from the account of Eve's creation from Adam's rib in Genesis 2:21–22] : wife
2
: something resembling a rib in shape or function: such as
a(1)
: a traverse member of the frame of a ship that runs from keel to deck
(2)
: a light fore-and-aft member in an airplane's wing
b
: one of the stiff strips supporting an umbrella's fabric
c
: one of the arches in Romanesque and Gothic vaulting meeting and crossing one another and dividing the whole vaulted space into triangles
3
: an elongated ridge: such as
a(1)
: a vein of an insect's wing
(2)
: one of the primary veins of a leaf
b
: one of the ridges in a knitted or woven fabric

Illustration of rib

Illustration of rib
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rib

2 of 4

verb (1)

ribbed; ribbing

transitive verb

1
: to furnish or enclose with ribs
2
: to knit so as to form vertical ridges in

rib

3 of 4

noun (2)

1
: joke
2
: parody

rib

4 of 4

verb (2)

ribbed; ribbing

transitive verb

: to poke fun at : kid

Examples of rib in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Slowly work your hands up toward your rib bones and continue massaging straight across your abdomen and down to the left hip bone. Julia Ries, SELF, 12 Feb. 2024 For Megalosaurus itself, Benson recognized parts of the jaw, skull, forelimbs, hindlimbs, ribs and vertebrate that could confidently be deemed Megalosaurus, providing at least a rough look at the dinosaur’s skeleton. Riley Black, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Feb. 2024 The Jambo Texan sandwich ($15.75) is nearly a foot high, with brisket, pulled pork, sausage, pork ribs, bologna and chicken. Bud Kennedy, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 31 Jan. 2024 The other medium plate gathers beef ribs massaged with awaze, the Ethiopian sauce that gets its gusto from berbere. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 26 Jan. 2024 In recent photos shown to Monitor reporters, cows in the Jordan Valley are gaunt, their ribs protruding. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, 26 Jan. 2024 Remove ribs from grill and let rest 10 minutes before cutting into individual or 2-3 rib portions. Linda Gassenheimer, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 Remove the ribs from the foil and brush with barbecue sauce. Kathy Mooreand, Kansas City Star, 30 Jan. 2024 Drain ribs and rinse well, then pat meat dry with paper towels. Kate Bradshaw, The Mercury News, 29 Jan. 2024
Verb
Play on the biker theme with a white ribbed top and black leather skinny jeans, with red lips serving as your sole accessory. Lane Nieset, Travel + Leisure, 15 Feb. 2024 But knowing exactly what style and brand of tank top to choose can be a bit more complicated — with options like high-neck, ribbed, and cropped tanks, the world of tops really is your oyster. Cai Cramer, Peoplemag, 12 Feb. 2024 Ziggy, doing a bit, barely said anything, while Ben-Adir and Noah ribbed on his Jamaican accent. Anna Gaca, Pitchfork, 5 Feb. 2024 Gaffigan lovingly ribbed Bon Jovi for his over-the-top Eighties outfits, repeatedly showing a picture of the singer in a Jack Daniels tank top and short jean shorts. Ethan Millman, Rolling Stone, 3 Feb. 2024 These ribbed wide-leg pants from Sage Collective will be on heavy rotation this season thanks to their neutral color, comfortable foldover waistband, and laidback silhouette, which is a favorite among celebrities. Jennifer Chan, Peoplemag, 2 Feb. 2024 Hauser gently ribs Colbert for having a mush-mouth moment in this interview, which prompts Colbert to gently correct the Emmy winner. Vulture, 2 Feb. 2024 Not quite ready to tuck my ballet flats or loafers away, ribbed or cashmere socks transform traditionally spring/summer styles into suitable winter footwear all the while elevating any look with not just one but two pairs of socks for a bit of flair. Alexis Bennett Parker, Vogue, 30 Jan. 2024 Pickett Brewing had already taken to ribbing the Steelers on social media since the brewery shares a name with Pittsburgh’s quarterback, Kenny Pickett. Amanda Yeager, Baltimore Sun, 5 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

Middle English, from Old English ribb; akin to Old High German rippi rib, Old Church Slavonic rebro, and probably to Greek erephein to roof over

Verb (2) and Noun (2)

probably from rib entry 1; from the tickling of the ribs to cause laughter

First Known Use

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb (1)

circa 1547, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1929, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

1912, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rib was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Rib.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rib. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

rib

1 of 3 noun
1
a
: one of the series of curved bones of the chest of most vertebrates that are joined to the spinal column in pairs and help to support the body wall and protect the organs inside
b
: a cut of meat including a rib
2
: something (as a piece of wire supporting the fabric of an umbrella) resembling a rib
3
a
: a major vein of an insect's wing or of a leaf
b
: one of the parallel ridges in a knitted or woven fabric

rib

2 of 3 verb
ribbed; ribbing
1
: to furnish or enclose with ribs
2
: to form ribs in a fabric in knitting or weaving
ribber noun

rib

3 of 3 verb
ribbed; ribbing
: to make jokes about : kid
ribber noun

Medical Definition

rib

noun
: any of the paired curved bony or partly cartilaginous rods that stiffen the lateral walls of the body of most vertebrates and protect the viscera, that occur in mammals exclusively or almost exclusively in the thoracic region, and that in humans normally include 12 pairs of which all are articulated with the spinal column at the dorsal end and the first 10 are connected also at the ventral end with the sternum by costal cartilages see false rib, floating rib, true rib

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