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Meaning of RIB

Pronunciation:  rib

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  support resembling the rib of an animal
  2. [n]  a projecting molding on the underside of a vault or ceiling; may be ornamental or structural
  3. [n]  a riblike supporting or strengthening part of an animal or plant
  4. [n]  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)
  5. [n]  cut of meat including one or more ribs
  6. [v]  subject to laughter or ridicule; "The satirists ridiculed the plans for a new opera house"; "The students poked fun at the inexperienced teacher"
  7. [v]  form vertical ribs by knitting

RIB is a 3 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: blackguard, costa, guy, jest at, laugh at, make fun, poke fun, ridicule
 See Also: anatomical structure, bemock, bodily structure, body structure, bone, calamus, complex body part, costal cartilage, craniate, cut, cut of meat, debunk, expose, hull, knit, lampoon, mock, molding, moulding, nervure, os, quill, rib roast, satirise, satirize, screw thread, shaft, sparerib, standing rib roast, structure, stultify, support, thread, true rib, umbrella, vein, vertebrate, wing



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Rib\, n. [AS. rib, ribb; akin to D. rib, G. rippe, OHG.
    rippa, rippi, Dan. ribbe, Icel. rif, Russ. rebro.]
    1. (Anat.) One of the curved bones attached to the vertebral
       column and supporting the lateral walls of the thorax.
    Note: In man there are twelve ribs on each side, of which the
          upper seven are directly connected with the sternum by
          cartilages, and are called sternal, or true, ribs. The
          remaining five pairs are called asternal, or false,
          ribs, and of these each of the three upper pairs is
          attached to the cartilage of the rib above, while the
          two lower pairs are free at the ventral ends, and are
          called floating ribs. See {Thorax}.
    2. That which resembles a rib in form or use. Specifically:
       (a) (Shipbuilding) 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.
       (b) (Mach. & Structures) A ridge, fin, or wing, as on a
           plate, cylinder, beam, etc., to strengthen or stiffen
       (c) One of the rods on which the cover of an umbrella is
       (d) A prominent line or ridge, as in cloth.
       (e) A longitudinal strip of metal uniting the barrels of a
           double-barreled gun.
    3. (Bot.) The chief nerve, or one of the chief nerves, of a
       (b) Any longitudinal ridge in a plant.
    4. (Arch.)
       (a) 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.
       (b) A projecting mold, or group of moldings, forming with
           others a pattern, as on a ceiling, ornamental door, or
           the like.
    5. (Mining)
       (a) Solid coal on the side of a gallery; solid ore in a
       (b) An elongated pillar of ore or coal left as a support.
    6. A wife; -- in allusion to Eve, as made out of Adam's rib.
       [Familiar & Sportive]
             How many have we known whose heads have been broken
             with their own rib.                   --Bp. Hall.
    {Chuck rib}, a cut of beef immediately in front of the middle
       rib. See {Chuck}.
    {Fore ribs}, a cut of beef immediately in front of the
    {Middle rib}, a cut of beef between the chuck rib and the
       fore ribs.
    {Rib grass}. (Bot.) Same as {Ribwort}.
  2. \Rib\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Ribbed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    1. To furnish with ribs; to form with rising lines and
       channels; as, to rib cloth.
    2. To inclose, as with ribs, and protect; to shut in.
       It [lead] were too gross To rib her cerecloth in the
       obscure grave.                              --Shak.
    {To rib land}, to leave strips of undisturbed ground between
       the furrows in plowing.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing ribs in your dream, symbolizes poverty and misery.