- 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 cavity: in humans there are twelve pairs of such bones: see TRUE RIBS, FALSE RIBS, FLOATING RIBS, and SKELETON2.a) a cut of meat having one or more ribsb) [pl.] short for SPARERIBS3. 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 material5. any of the curved crosspieces extending from the keel to the top of the hull in a ship, forming its framework6. the structural crosspieces attached to a spar for shaping and strengthening an airplane wing7. any narrow riblike piece used to form, strengthen, or shape something [a rib of an umbrella]8. [< the RIB vt., sense 3] Slanga) a teasing or bantering remark or actionb) a satire or parody9. Archit.a) a long curved piece in an archb) any of the transverse and intersecting arches of a vault10. Bot. any of the main veins in a leafvt.ribbed, ribbing1. to provide, form, or strengthen with a rib or ribs2. to put ribs in; mark with ribs3. [prob. < rib-tickle] Slang to tease or make fun of; kid
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.