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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)

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.

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."