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Noun: rib  rib
  1. 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
  2. Cut of meat including one or more ribs
  3. Support resembling the rib of an animal
  4. A riblike supporting or strengthening part of an animal or plant
  5. A projecting moulding on the underside of a vault or ceiling; may be ornamental or structural
  6. [informal] A teasing remark
Verb: rib (ribbed,ribbing)  rib
  1. [informal] Subject to laughter or ridicule
    "The satirists ribbed the plans for a new opera house";
    - ridicule, roast [informal], guy, blackguard, laugh at, jest at, make fun, poke fun
  2. (handicraft) form vertical ribs by knitting
    "A ribbed sweater"
  3. Form ridges or a rib-like pattern
    "the rock above and below was ribbed with sharp edges"
  4. Form or support with an architectural rib or ribs

Derived forms: ribbed, ribbing, ribs

See also: joke

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