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Noun: rib  rib
  1. Support resembling the rib of an animal
  2. Any of the 12 pairs of curved arches of bone extending from the spine to or toward the sternum in humans (and similar bones in most vertebrates)
    - costa
  3. Cut of meat including one or more ribs
  4. A teasing remark
  5. A riblike supporting or strengthening part of an animal or plant
  6. A projecting moulding on the underside of a vault or ceiling; may be ornamental or structural
Verb: rib (ribbed,ribbing)  rib
  1. (handicraft) form vertical ribs by knitting
    "A ribbed sweater"
  2. Subject to laughter or ridicule
    "The satirists ribbed the plans for a new opera house";
    - ridicule, roast, guy, blackguard, laugh at, jest at, make fun, poke fun

Derived forms: ribbing, ribbed, ribs

Type of: anatomical structure, bemock, bodily structure, body structure, bone, comment, complex body part, cut, cut of meat, input, knit, mock, molding [N. Amer], moulding [Brit, Cdn], os[2], remark, structure, support

Part of: craniate, hull, umbrella, vertebrate, wing

Encyclopedia: Rib