• WordNet 3.6
    • n ribbing the act of harassing someone playfully or maliciously (especially by ridicule); provoking someone with persistent annoyances "he ignored their teases","his ribbing was gentle but persistent"
    • n ribbing a framework of ribs
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: One out of 20 people have an extra rib
    • n Ribbing An assemblage or arrangement of ribs, as the timberwork for the support of an arch or coved ceiling, the veins in the leaves of some plants, ridges in the fabric of cloth, or the like.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: If you sneeze too hard, you can fracture a rib. If you try to suppress a sneeze, you can rupture a blood vessel in your head or neck and die
    • n ribbing An assemblage or arrangement of ribs, as timberwork sustaining a vaulted ceiling, ridges on cloth, veins in the leaves of plants, etc.
    • n ribbing In agriculture, a kind of imperfect plowing, formerly common, by which stubbles were rapidly turned over, every alternate strip only being moved. By this method only half the land is raised, the furrow being laid over quite flat, and covering an equal space of the level surface. A similar operation is still in use in some places, after land has been pulverized by clean plowings and is ready for receiving the seed, and the mode of sowing upon land thus prepared is also called ribbing.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There are ten human body parts that are only three letters long: eye, hip, arm, leg, ear, toe, jaw, rib, lip, and gum.
    • Ribbing an arrangement of ribs
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Rib tickler - A rib tickler is a story or joke that will make you laugh a lot. Alternately, a joke might "tickle your ribs".


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. ribb; Ger. rippe.


In literature:

The second included most of skull and jaws, backbone, ribs and pelvis and the hind limbs and feet, but not tail.
"Dinosaurs" by William Diller Matthew
They covered it with a network of ribs, and where these ribs met they placed bosses.
"The Cathedral Church of York" by A. Clutton-Brock
It had five cast iron arched ribs with a centre span of 100 ft.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 3" by Various
Again, in the case of a very deep and sudden inspiration, the abdomen and the lower ribs also are drawn inward.
"Voice Production in Singing and Speaking" by Wesley Mills
It used to be used for the ribs of umbrellas and for ladies' hoops.
"Chatterbox, 1905." by Various
A pointed bough met him in the ribs, piercing his tunic and forcing him to cry out with pain.
"Fort Amity" by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
Or was woman, with her deep womb of emotion, born from the rib of active man, the first created?
"Fantasia of the Unconscious" by D. H. Lawrence
The Hard-ribbed Grain in Wood.
"Carpentry for Boys" by J. S. Zerbe
I several times met with it when the bullet was retained, and also without fracture of the rib.
"Surgical Experiences in South Africa, 1899-1900" by George Henry Makins
A cry rose from the deck, and Steve Young in that brief moment felt that all was over, and that he was struck a violent blow in the ribs.
"Steve Young" by George Manville Fenn

In poetry:

The sea has left the strand—
In their deep sapphire cup
The waves lie gathered up,
Off the hard-ribbed sand.
"Noonday" by Frances Anne Kemble
When race of wind is stilled and sails are furled,
And underneath our single riding-light
The curve of black-ribbed deck gleams palely white,
And slumbrous waters pool a slumbrous world;
"Evening" by Victoria Sackville-West
And my soul said, gazing at me,
"Shall I show you another land
Than other this flesh can see?"
And took into hers my hand.--
We passed from the wood to a heath
As starved as the ribs of Death.
"Self And Soul" by Madison Julius Cawein
Many voices spake—
The river to the lake,
And the iron-ribbed sky was talking to the sea;
And every starry spark
Made music with the dark,
And said how bright and beautiful everything must be.
"When The Storm Was Proudest" by George MacDonald
By Heaven she could not straightened be.
Attempt to bend her, and she'll break;
If left alone, more crooked grows madam;
What well could be worse, my good friend, Adam?—
For woman due allowance make;
'Twere grievous, if thy rib should break!
"Book Of Contemplation - For Woman" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Out on the margin of Moonshine Land,
Tickle me, Love, in these Lonesome Ribs!
Out where the Whing-Whang loves to stand,
Writing his name with his tail in the sand,
And swiping it out with his oogerish hand;
Tickle me, Love, in these Lonesome Ribs!
"The Lugubrious Whing-Whang" by James Whitcomb Riley

In news:

Michael Vick has rib cartilage injury.
Chinatown Char Siu Pork Ribs.
Truebud BBQ team member Boyd Abts of Eudora pulls a slab of ribs off the smoker during the Smokin' on Oak barbecue competition, Aug 25, 2012, in Bonner Springs.
Truebud BBQ team member Boyd Abts of Eudora pulls a slab of ribs off the smoker during Saturday's Smokin' on Oak barbecue competition in Bonner Springs.
Rex, one of the world's largest crocodiles, came out of his three months of hibernation on Wednesday, Oct 3, 2012 and ate a big meal of beef ribs.
All those years on the road as a national political reporter have allowed me to search the country for good ribs, and sauce, and brisket.
3½-4 pounds beef short ribs, boneless if possible.
1 jalapeno chile chopped (seeds and ribs removed for less heat, if desired).
IN cold weather, I always long for something hearty and earthy -- substantial stick-to-the-ribs fare.
The skeleton of a dolphin, preserved for 4 million years, shows bite marks across its ribs from the shark attack that killed it.
Ribbing on Romney's rich donors.
David Beckham Takes A Ribbing At The White House.
I loves me some ribs.
Peabody school ads get national ribbing on 'Colbert Report'.
Teammates always rib each other in good fun.

In science:

Obviously, it does not make sense to say about the category of all syntax diagrams above the given alphabet and the given set of ribs’ sorts.
The topology of syntax relations of a formal language
It is convenient to say about the category of syntax diagrams above alphabet and ribs’ sorts, that satisfy some additional conditions on the structure of nodes and ribs.
The topology of syntax relations of a formal language
Photographs of a rib head were supplied by V.
Aspects of the history, anatomy, taxonomy and palaeobiology of sauropod dinosaurs
Figure 2 shows the inside of the thoracic cavity where the bullet entered between two ribs.
A method for testing handgun bullets in deer
The device is used for channel equalization in multi wavelength fiber networks. Right: the active component is a p-n junction straddling a rib-waveguide.
Silicon Photonics: The Inside Story