A rib is a curved bone in a person's chest. Your ribs protect your internal organs. A rib is also the curved bone in a pig’s chest, and some people eat that with barbeque sauce.

Ribs are strong and flexible, and they form a kind of protective cage around our soft inside parts. Animals have ribs, too — fish even have two sets of ribs. If you're a meat eater, you probably know that pigs and cows have ribs that are a popular menu item at barbecue restaurants. Things that resemble anatomical ribs, like raised rows in a knitted garment — are also called ribs. And to rib someone is to tease them.

Definitions of rib
  1. noun
    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)
    synonyms: costa
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    true rib
    one of the first seven ribs in a human being which attach to the sternum
    type of:
    bone, os
    rigid connective tissue that makes up the skeleton of vertebrates
  2. noun
    a riblike supporting or strengthening part of an animal or plant
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    calamus, quill, shaft
    the hollow spine of a feather
    nervure, vein
    one of the horny ribs that stiffen and support the wing of an insect
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    anatomical structure, bodily structure, body structure, complex body part, structure
    a particular complex anatomical part of a living thing
  3. noun
    support resembling the rib of an animal
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    screw thread, thread
    the raised helical rib going around a screw
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    any device that bears the weight of another thing
  4. noun
    a projecting molding on the underside of a vault or ceiling; may be ornamental or structural
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    type of:
    molding, moulding
    a decorative strip used for ornamentation or finishing
  5. noun
    cut of meat including one or more ribs
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    a cut of pork ribs with much of the meat trimmed off
    type of:
    cut, cut of meat
    a piece of meat that has been cut from an animal carcass
  6. verb
    form vertical ribs by knitting
    “A ribbed sweater”
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    type of:
    make (textiles) by knitting
  7. noun
    a teasing remark
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    type of:
    comment, input, remark
    a statement that expresses a personal opinion or belief or adds information
  8. verb
    subject to laughter or ridicule
    synonyms: blackguard, guy, jest at, laugh at, make fun, poke fun, ridicule, roast
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    mock or make fun of playfully
    lampoon, satirise, satirize
    ridicule with satire
    debunk, expose
    expose while ridiculing; especially of pretentious or false claims and ideas
    cause to appear foolish
    uncloak, unmask
    reveal the true nature of
    type of:
    bemock, mock
    treat with contempt
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