• WordNet 3.6
    • v rib subject to laughter or ridicule "The satirists ridiculed the plans for a new opera house","The students poked fun at the inexperienced teacher","His former students roasted the professor at his 60th birthday"
    • v rib form vertical ribs by knitting "A ribbed sweater"
    • n rib support resembling the rib of an animal
    • n rib a projecting molding on the underside of a vault or ceiling; may be ornamental or structural
    • n rib a riblike supporting or strengthening part of an animal or plant
    • n rib 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)
    • n rib a teasing remark
    • n rib cut of meat including one or more ribs
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: One out of 20 people have an extra rib
    • Rib A longitudinal strip of metal uniting the barrels of a double-barreled gun.
    • Rib (Arch) A projecting mold, or group of moldings, forming with others a pattern, as on a ceiling, ornamental door, or the like.
    • Rib A prominent line or ridge, as in cloth.
    • Rib A ridge, fin, or wing, as on a plate, cylinder, beam, etc., to strengthen or stiffen it.
    • Rib A wife; -- in allusion to Eve, as made out of Adam's rib. "How many have we known whose heads have been broken with their own rib ."
    • Rib (Mining) An elongated pillar of ore or coal left as a support.
    • Rib (Bot) Any longitudinal ridge in a plant.
    • Rib (Arch) In Gothic vaulting, one of the primary members of the vault. These are strong arches, meeting and crossing one another, dividing the whole space into triangles, which are then filled by vaulted construction of lighter material. Hence, an imitation of one of these in wood, plaster, or the like.
    • Rib (Anat) One of the curved bones attached to the vertebral column and supporting the lateral walls of the thorax.
    • Rib One of the rods on which the cover of an umbrella is extended.
    • Rib One of the timbers, or bars of iron or steel, that branch outward and upward from the keel, to support the skin or planking, and give shape and strength to the vessel.
    • Rib (Mining) Solid coal on the side of a gallery; solid ore in a vein.
    • Rib That which resembles a rib in form or use.
    • Rib The chief nerve, or one of the chief nerves, of a leaf.
    • Rib To furnish with ribs; to form with rising lines and channels; as, to rib cloth.
    • Rib To inclose, as with ribs, and protect; to shut in. "It [lead] were too gross
      To rib her cerecloth in the obscure grave."
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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 rib In anatomy and zoology, a costa; a pleurapophysis, with or without a hemapophysis; the pleurapophysial element of a vertebra, of whatever size, shape, or mode of connection with a vertebra. In ordinary language the term rib is restricted to one of the series of long slender bones which are movably articulated with or entirely disconnected from the vertebræ, occur in pairs, and extend to or toward the sternum or middle ventral line of the body. In many vertebrates such ribs are characteristic of or confined to the thoracic or dorsal region, and form, together with the corresponding vertebræ and with the sternum, a kind of bony cage for the thoracic viscera—the chest or thorax. Such ribs are called thoracic or dorsal, and are often the only free ribs an animal may possess, as is usually the case in mammals. In man there are twelve pairs of such ribs. The first of these articulates with the upper part of the side of the body of the first dorsal vertebra; the second to the ninth inclusive articulate at an intervertebral space, and consequently with two vertebræ apiece; the tenth, eleventh, and twelfth articulate with the single vertebra to which they correspond. The first to the tenth ribs articulate by their heads with bodies of vertebræ as above stated, and also by their shoulders with transverse processes, which latter articulations are lacking to the eleventh and twelfth ribs. The first seven ribs reach the sternum by means of costal cartilages, and are called true ribs; the last five ribs do not, and are called false ribs: of these last the first three join one another by means of their costal cartilages, while the last two are entirely free or “floating” at their ends. Only the bony part of a rib is a pleurapophysis; the gristly part, or costal cartilage, is a hemapophysis. Parts of a bony rib commonly distinguished are the head or capitulum, the neck or cervix, the shoulder or tuberculum, and the shaft. Most of the ribs are not only curved as a whole, but also somewhat bent at a point called the angle, and, moreover, twisted on their own axis. In man there are occasionally supernumerary cervical or lumbar ribs of ordinary character, that are extended from and freely jointed to their vertebræ; and all the human cervical vertebræ have rudimentary ribs ankylosed with their respective vertebræ, represented by that part of the transverse process which bounds the vertebrarterial foramen in front. Mammals have frequently more or fewer than twelve pairs of thoracic ribs. Ribs occurring in any part of the vertebral column are named from that port: as, cervical, thoracic or dorsal, dorsolumbar, lumbar, or sacral ribs. In birds and reptiles the number of ribs is extremely variable, and their situation may extend from head to tail. Frequently they are jointed in the middle, or at the point where in a mammal the bony part joins the cartilaginous. Some of them may be free or floating at the vertebral as well as at the sternal end. Some ribs in birds bear peculiar splint-bones called uncinate processes. (See cut under epipleura.) In chelonians the ribs are fixed, and consolidated with broad plate-like dermal bones to form the carapace. The greatest number of ribs is found in some serpents, which have more than two hundred pairs. In some fishes, ribs are apparently doubled in number by forking; this is the principal reason why the bones of a shad, for example, seem so numerous. See also cuts under carapace and skeleton.
    • n rib That which resembles a rib in use, position, etc.; a strip, band, or piece of anything when used as a support, or as a member of a framework or skeleton.
    • n rib Specifically— Some part or organ of an animal like or likened to a rib; a costate or costiform process; a long narrow thickening of a surface; a ridge; a strip or stripe: as, one of the veins or nerves of an insect's wing; one of a set or series of parallel or radiating ridges on a shell; one of the ciliated rays or ctenophores of a ctenophoran.
    • n rib In ship-building, one of the bent timber or metallic bars which spring from the keel, and form or strengthen the side of the ship.
    • n rib In architecture: In vaulting, a plain or variously molded and sculptured arch, properly, supporting a vault, or, in combination with other ribs, the filling of a groined vault. In pointed vaults the groins typically rest upon or are covered by ribs; and secondary ribs connecting the main ribs, especially in late and less pure designs, are sometimes applied, usually as a mere decoration, to the plain surfaces of the vaulting-cells. The three main vaulting-ribs are designated as (α) groin-ribs or ogives, (β) doubleaux, and (γ) formerets. (See plan under arc.) Ribs upon the surfaces of the cells are known as surface-ribs. The groin-rib or ogive is also called the diagonal rib, because it occupies the diagonal of the plan of a quadripartite vault. See arch and arc.
    • n rib An arch-formed piece of timber for supporting the lath-and-plaster work of pseudo-domes, vaults, etc.
    • n rib In coalmining, a narrow strip or block of solid coal left to support the workings.
    • n rib One of the curved extension rods on which the cover of an umbrella is stretched.
    • n rib In botany: One of the principal vascular bundles, otherwise called nerves or veins, into which the primary bundle divides on entering the blade to form the framework of a leaf, commonly salient on its lower surface; a primary nerve: contrasted with vein and veinlet, the branches to which it gives origin. See midrib and nervation. A prominent line on the surface of some other organ, as the fruit.
    • n rib In cloth or knitted work, a ridge or stripe rising from the groundwork of the material, as in corduroy.
    • n rib In bookbinding, one of the ridges on the back of a book, which serve for covering the tapes and for ornament.
    • n rib One of the narrow tracks or ways of iron in which the bed of a printing-press slides to and from impression.
    • n rib In machinery, an angle-plate cast between two other plates, to brace and strengthen them, as between the sole and wall-plate of a bracket.
    • n rib In a violin or similar instrument, one of the curved sides of the body, separating the belly from the back.
    • n rib In gun-making, either of the longitudinally extending upper or lower projections of the metal which join the barrels of a double-barreled gun, and which in fine guns are often ornamented or of ornamental shape. The upper rib is called the top rib; the lower, the bottom rib.
    • n rib A piece of meat containing one or more ribs; a rib-piece: as, a rib of beef.
    • n rib A wife: in allusion to Eve, who, according to the account in Genesis, was formed out of one of Adam's ribs.
    • n rib A strip; a band or ribbon; a long and narrow piece of anything.
    • rib To furnish with ribs; strengthen or support by ribs: as, to rib a ship.
    • rib To form into ribs or ridges; mark with alternate channels and projecting lines; ridge: as, to rib a field by plowing; to rib cloth.
    • rib To inclose as with ribs; shut in; confine.
    • n rib Hound's-tongue.
    • n rib Costmary.
    • n rib Water-cress.
    • rib To dress (flax); ripple.
    • n rib An instrument for cleaning flax.
    • n rib In ceramics, a small piece of wood, leather, or calabash with a straight or curved profile, and usually having a hole in the center for the thumb and finger, used to smooth the surface of a vessel while it is revolving on the wheel. Also called profile or smoother.
    • n rib An abbreviation of Royal Institute of British Architects.
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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.
    • n Rib rib one of the bones from the backbone which encircle the chest: anything like a rib in form or use: a piece of meat containing one or more ribs: a piece of timber which helps to form or strengthen the side of a ship: a vein of a leaf, or an insect's wing: a prominence running in a line: a ridge: :
    • v.t Rib to furnish or enclose with ribs: to form with rising lines—as corduroy: to enclose:—pr.p. rib′bing; pa.t. and pa.p. ribbed
    • n Rib rib hound's tongue: water-cress.
    • n Rib rib (archit.) a moulding or projecting band on a ceiling: one of the rods on which the cover of an umbrella is extended
    • n Rib rib (coll.) a wife (from Gen. ii., 21-23)
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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".


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. rib, ribb,; akin to D. rib, G. rippe, OHG. rippa, rippi, Dan. ribbe, Icel. rif, Russ. rebro,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. ribb; Ger. rippe.


In literature:

Their tops are pyramidal, and ribs run down the edges from the curious conical cap, which crowns the apex of each.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Rochester" by G. H. Palmer
The tinkling rowels of his spurs resounded against the ribs of his horse.
"The Tiger Hunter" by Mayne Reid
The shoulders should be oblique, the blades well set in towards the ribs.
"The Stock-Feeder's Manual" by Charles Alexander Cameron
Another stone, this one hitting him in the ribs with force enough to send him reeling back and down.
"The Defiant Agents" by Andre Alice Norton
Thus the importance of a careful attention to the normal certainty of all the ribs to which the diaphragm is attached is essential.
"Philosophy of Osteopathy" by Andrew T. Still
He was jumping up against his tall master, long ears thrown back, upraised eyes aglow, heart pounding against his lean ribs.
"Frank of Freedom Hill" by Samuel A. Derieux
The ribs, with keel, stem, and stern-post, after the planks are stripped off.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Introduce yourself to Bax, the porter, by giving him two slaps on the back and a dig with right-hand forefinger in ribs.
"The Hero of Garside School" by J. Harwood Panting
Den he feel er Brer Fox in de short ribs; Brer Fox all soun' in de short ribs.
"Nights With Uncle Remus" by Joel Chandler Harris
I could hear my own heart pounding at my ribs, but nothing else.
"The Boy Scouts Book of Campfire Stories" by Various

In poetry:

You under my heart's rib I felt
Shiver and sparkle sweet,
With my first shock of being pulse
Your starry infinite.
"Immortal Eve - II" by Manmohan Ghose
"Come forth, twilight oblivion
Undraped, and her sweet form
Show me, that lovelier self I feel
Under my heart's rib warm.
"Immortal Eve - I" by Manmohan Ghose
Now, when the neighboring doctors found
A case so rare had been descried,
They every day her ribs did pound
In squads of twenty; so she died.
"The Stethoscope Song. A Professional Ballad" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
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

In news:

She's the reason strapping young men are willing to crack a rib on the gridiron.
Frontier / Golden Pride BBQ, Chicken & Ribs.
Caribbean baby back ribs with guava glaze.
I first encountered Deiphago a couple years ago, when I made the recipe they'd contributed to Hellbent for Cooking —sinigang na baboy, or sour Filipino pork-rib stew.
Herr 's potato chips today include flavors such as Baby Back Ribs, Cheddar Sour Cream, Ketchup and Original Crisp 'N Tasty.
Family-run cafe with pulled pork, hot dogs, nachos, ribs, comfort foods, house-made desserts and sides, friendly owners.
The 855-unit chain's " Indulgent " options include Fried Mac & Cheese, Bruschetta Chicken Parmesan, a Half Rack Baby Back Ribs and Cinnabon Cheesecake.
The Moderne - the curvy, white 30-story high-rise being built downtown - has secured a key tenant for its first floor: Carson's, a popular rib-and-steak restaurant with two locations in metro Chicago.
This Friday evening, The Rib Cage (2214 Lee Rd.
Rockies' Eric Young Jr lands on DL because of rib cage injury.
Rib-cage injury sidelines Trumbo.
David Wright has continued discomfort in his left rib cage and will not play in early Grapefruit League games.
The Rib Cage on the Square will be the site of the 2012 edition of Rebel Signing Day.
Murray/The Star-Ledger Jason Bay has injured his left rib cage muscles, and was scratched from today's lineup.
Who cooks your barbecue ribs.

In science:

R × R → Z, for r, r′ ∈ R behaves like an inner product with orthonormal basis B because r = Pb∈B hb, rib for all r ∈ R.
Fusion algebras for imprimitive complex reflection groups
The syntax diagram is the connected multigraph with nodes signed by a formal language’s alphabet and ribs can belong to different sorts and represent the syntax relations.
The topology of syntax relations of a formal language
It makes sense to say about one-node diagram a which does not contain ribs and consists of the single node, signed the given symbol a.
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
Figure 2 shows the inside of the thoracic cavity where the bullet entered between two ribs.
A method for testing handgun bullets in deer