Definition of "rib" []

  • Anatomy One of a series of long curved bones occurring in 12 pairs in humans and extending from the spine to or toward the sternum. (noun)
  • Anatomy A similar bone in most vertebrates. (noun)
  • A part or piece similar to a rib and serving to shape or support: the rib of an umbrella. (noun)
  • A cut of meat enclosing one or more rib bones. (noun)
  • Nautical One of many curved members attached to a boat or ship's keel and extending upward and outward to form the framework of the hull. (noun)
  • Any of the 24 curved elastic arches of bone that together form the chest wall in man. All are attached behind to the thoracic part of the spinal column (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • The corresponding bone in other vertebrates (noun)
  • A cut of meat including one or more ribs (noun)
  • A part or element similar in function or appearance to a rib, esp a structural or supporting member or a raised strip or ridge (noun)
  • A structural member in a wing that extends from the leading edge to the trailing edge and maintains the shape of the wing surface (noun)
  • A projecting moulding or band on the underside of a vault or ceiling, which may be structural or ornamental (noun)
  • One of a series of raised rows in knitted fabric (noun)
  • A raised ornamental line on the spine of a book where the stitching runs across it (noun)
  • Any of the transverse stiffening timbers or joists forming the frame of a ship's hull (noun)
  • Any of the larger veins of a leaf (noun)
  • A metal strip running along the top of the barrel of a shotgun or handgun and guiding the alignment of the sights (noun)
  • A vein of ore in rock (noun)
  • A projecting ridge of a mountain; spur (noun)
  • To furnish or support with a rib or ribs (verb)
  • To mark with or form into ribs or ridges (verb)
  • To knit plain and purl stitches alternately in order to make raised rows in (knitting) (verb)
  • To enclose with or as if with ribs (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "rib" in a sentence
  • "The rib posts are milled as part of the barrel, and the rib is attached with a screw."
  • "(It may be hard to tell, but the rib is a garter stitch rib.)"
  • "The roof was put on with what they called rib poles."