rib [rib]
[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 cavity: in humans there are twelve pairs of such bones: see TRUE RIBS, FALSE RIBS, FLOATING RIBS, and SKELETON
a) a cut of meat having one or more ribs
b) [pl.] short for SPARERIBS
3. a wife: in humorous reference to the Biblical creation of Eve from Adam's rib (Gen. 2:21-22)
4. a raised ridge in cloth, esp. in knitted material
5. any of the curved crosspieces extending from the keel to the top of the hull in a ship, forming its framework
6. the structural crosspieces attached to a spar for shaping and strengthening an airplane wing
7. any narrow riblike piece used to form, strengthen, or shape something [a rib of an umbrella]
8. [< the RIB vt., sense 3] Slang
a) a teasing or bantering remark or action
b) a satire or parody
9. Archit.
a) a long curved piece in an arch
b) any of the transverse and intersecting arches of a vault
10. Bot. any of the main veins in a leaf
ribbed, ribbing
1. to provide, form, or strengthen with a rib or ribs
2. to put ribs in; mark with ribs
3. [prob. < rib-tickle] Slang to tease or make fun of; kid

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