I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English ribb; akin to Old High German rippi rib, Old Church Slavic rebro, and probably to Greek erephein to roof over Date: before 12th century 1. a. any of the paired curved bony or partly cartilaginous rods that stiffen the walls of the body of most vertebrates and protect the viscera b. (1) a cut of meat including a rib — see beef illustration (2) a boneless cut of meat (as beef or pork) from a rib section c. [from the account of Eve's creation from Adam's rib in Genesis 2:21-22] wife 2. something resembling a rib in shape or function: as a. (1) a traverse member of the frame of a ship that runs from keel to deck (2) a light fore-and-aft member in an airplane's wing b. one of the stiff strips supporting an umbrella's fabric c. one of the arches in Romanesque and Gothic vaulting meeting and crossing one another and dividing the whole vaulted space into triangles 3. an elongated ridge: as a. (1) a vein of an insect's wing (2) one of the primary veins of a leaf b. one of the ridges in a knitted or woven fabric II. transitive verb (ribbed; ribbing) Date: circa 1547 1. to furnish or enclose with ribs 2. to knit so as to form vertical ridges in • ribber noun III. noun Etymology: 4rib Date: 1929 1. joke 2. parody IV. transitive verb (ribbed; ribbing) Etymology: probably from 1rib; from the tickling of the ribs to cause laughter Date: 1930 to poke fun at ; kidribber noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • rib — rib·ald·ly; rib·al·drous; rib·al·dry; rib·and; rib·bok; rib·bon·er; rib·bon·ism; rib·bon·man; rib·by; rib; rib·less; rib·let; rib·ald; rib·band; rib·ber; rib·bing; rib·bon; pe·rib·o·lus; …   English syllables

  • Rib — 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. [1913 Webster] Note: In… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • rib — [rib] n. [ME ribbe < OE rib, akin to ON rif, Ger rippe < IE base * rebh , to arch over, roof over > Gr ereptein, to crown, OSlav rebro, rib] 1. any of the arched bones attached posteriorly to the vertebral column and enclosing the chest… …   English World dictionary

  • Rib — Rib, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Ribbed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Ribbing}.] 1. To furnish with ribs; to form with rising lines and channels; as, to rib cloth. [1913 Webster] 2. To inclose, as with ribs, and protect; to shut in. [1913 Webster] [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • RIB — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. {{{image}}}   Sigles d une seule lettre   Sigles de deux lettres > Sigles de trois lettres …   Wikipédia en Français

  • rib... — rib..., Rib... vgl. ↑ribo..., Ribo …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • Rib — Rib. См. Ребро жесткости. (Источник: «Металлы и сплавы. Справочник.» Под редакцией Ю.П. Солнцева; НПО Профессионал , НПО Мир и семья ; Санкт Петербург, 2003 г.) …   Словарь металлургических терминов

  • Rib — Rib: Symbol für ↑ Ribose in Polysaccharidformeln …   Universal-Lexikon

  • rib — vb *banter, chaff, kid, rag, josh, jolly …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • rib- — *rib germ., Verb: nhd. wickeln; ne. wrap (Verb); Hinweis: s. *rība , *ribjōn; Etymologie: s. ing. *reip , Verb, Substantiv, reißen, Rand, Pokorny 858; …   Germanisches Wörterbuch

  • rib — sb. (fk.) (ribstrikning; ribkant) …   Dansk ordbog

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