true rib

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n true rib one of the first seven ribs in a human being which attach to the sternum
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • True rib a rib attached to spine and sternum—opp. to Floating rib
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. treówe; Ice. tryggr, Ger. treu.

Usage

In literature:

I dreamed somebody was kicking me in the ribs, and I believe it must have been true.
"A Thief in the Night" by E. W. Hornung
So that this rib only conveyed half of the true notion of the living magnitude of that part.
"Moby Dick; or The Whale" by Herman Melville
Ribs, 24 bones: 14 True Ribs.
"A Practical Physiology" by Albert F. Blaisdell
The seventh or last true rib.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
True it was punctuated and ribbed with stunted kopjes.
"On the Heels of De Wet" by The Intelligence Officer
I dreamed somebody was kicking me in the ribs, and I believe it must have been true.
"A Thief in the Night" by E. W. Hornung
And the same is also true of the lines which represent the lateral ribs of the leaf.
"On Germinal Selection as a Source of Definite Variation" by August Weismann
In man, as a rule, there are but twelve vertebrae which develop true ribs.
"Degeneracy" by Eugene S. Talbot
Of course it was quite true, but it doubled Marriott up like a knife between the ribs.
"The Claw" by Cynthia Stockley
They have sometimes prominences on the fruit and around the eye, but never true ribs.
"American Pomology" by J. A. Warder
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In poetry:

A song of strength and a song of speed,
Of the dream made true and the word made deed,
In bow and bulwark and ribs and keel
An epic in iron, an ode in steel.
"The Builders" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

I usually turn to it when there is no hatch and I can't find success with a Gold Ribbed Hare's Ear or the tried-and-true PT Nymph .
In true Chelsea Handler style, the host gave Shelton a fair share of ribbing, making sure he knew that Christmas was still a few months off.
Stay true to yourself and honor your individualism in our new racerback tank in Berry 98% combed and ring-spun cotton, 2% spandex and super-soft, sheer mini-ribbed knit.
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In science:

It is indeed true that the coupons machined in the human cortical femur and tibia bone are denser than that machined in the rib bone (ongoing analysis of unpublished test data).
Tensile material properties of human rib cortical bone under quasi-static and dynamic failure loading and influence of the bone microstucture on failure characteristics
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