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From Middle English rib, ribbe, from Old English ribb (rib), from Proto-Germanic *ribją (rib, reef), from Proto-Indo-European *h₁rebʰ- (arch, ceiling, cover). Cognate with Dutch rib (rib), Low German ribbe (rib), German Rippe (rib), Old Norse rif (rib, reef), Serbo-Croatian rèbro (rib).


  • IPA(key): /ɹɪb/
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  • Rhymes: -ɪb


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rib (plural ribs)

  1. Any of a series of long curved bones occurring in 12 pairs in humans and other animals and extending from the spine to or toward the sternum
  2. A part or piece, similar to a rib, and serving to shape or support something
  3. A cut of meat enclosing one or more rib bones
  4. (nautical) Any of several curved members attached to a ship's keel and extending upward and outward to form the framework of the hull
  5. Any of several transverse pieces that provide an aircraft wing with shape and strength
  6. (architecture) A long, narrow, usually arched member projecting from the surface of a structure, especially such a member separating the webs of a vault
  7. (knitting) A raised ridge in knitted material or in cloth
  8. (botany) The main, or any of the prominent veins of a leaf
  9. A teasing joke
  10. (Ireland, colloquial) A single strand of hair.
  11. A stalk of celery.
  12. (archaic, literary, humorous) A wife or woman.
    • George Borrow, Wild Wales, 1862:
      'Near to it was the portrait of his rib, Dame Middleton.'

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rib (third-person singular simple present ribs, present participle ribbing, simple past and past participle ribbed)

  1. To shape, support, or provide something with a rib or ribs.
  2. To tease or make fun of someone in a good-natured way.
    He always gets ribbed for his outrageous shirts.
  3. To enclose, as if with ribs, and protect; to shut in.
    • Shakespeare
      It [lead] were too gross / To rib her cerecloth in the obscure grave.
  4. (transitive) To leave strips of undisturbed ground between the furrows in ploughing (land).





From Middle Dutch ribbe, from Old Dutch *ribba, from Proto-Germanic *ribjō.



rib m (plural ribben, diminutive ribje n)

  1. rib
    Je kunt haar ribben tellen.You can count her ribs.
    Dat is een rib uit mijn lijf.That's a rib from my body.
  2. a truss (wooden frame)

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rib (past rib, future ribidh, verbal noun ribeadh, past participle ribte)

  1. trap, ensnare

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