rib

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.

Primary Meanings of rib

1.
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)
2.
v
form vertical ribs by knitting
3.
nv
a teasing remark
subject to laughter or ridicule
Full Definitions of rib
1

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)

Synonyms:
costa
Types:
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

n a riblike supporting or strengthening part of an animal or plant

Types:
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
Type of:
anatomical structure, bodily structure, body structure, complex body part, structure
a particular complex anatomical part of a living thing

n support resembling the rib of an animal

Types:
screw thread, thread
the raised helical rib going around a screw
Type of:
support
any device that bears the weight of another thing

n a projecting molding on the underside of a vault or ceiling; may be ornamental or structural

Type of:
molding, moulding
a decorative strip used for ornamentation or finishing

n cut of meat including one or more ribs

Types:
sparerib
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
2

v form vertical ribs by knitting

“A ribbed sweater”
Type of:
knit
make (textiles) by knitting
3

n a teasing remark

Type of:
comment, input, remark
a statement that expresses a personal opinion or belief or adds information

v subject to laughter or ridicule

Synonyms:
blackguard, guy, jest at, laugh at, make fun, poke fun, ridicule, roast
Types:
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tease
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
stultify
cause to appear foolish
uncloak, unmask
reveal the true nature of
Type of:
bemock, mock
treat with contempt

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