Definitions of rib

  1. To furnish with ribs; to form with rising lines and channels; as, to rib cloth.
  2. To inclose, as with ribs, and protect; to shut in.
  3. To supply or mark with rods or ridges.
  4. To furnish or inclose with ribs: to form with rising lines:- pr. p. ribbing; pa. t. and pa. p. ribbed.
  5. To furnish or form with ribs.
  6. To mark with or strengthen by ribs.
  7. form vertical ribs by knitting
  8. To furnish with ribs; to inclose with ribs.
  9. To furnish or surround with ribs; to form with rising lines or ridges, as cloth.
  10. Ribbing.
  11. support resembling the rib of an animal
  12. a projecting molding on the underside of a vault or ceiling; may be ornamental or structural
  13. a riblike supporting or strengthening part of an animal or plant
  14. cut of meat including one or more ribs
  15. a teasing remark
  16. form vertical ribs by knitting; " A ribbed sweater"
  17. One of the curved bones attached to the vertebral column and supporting the lateral walls of the thorax.
  18. That which resembles a rib in form or use.
  19. One of the timbers, or bars of iron or steel, that branch outward and upward from the keel, to support the skin or planking, and give shape and strength to the vessel.
  20. A ridge, fin, or wing, as on a plate, cylinder, beam, etc., to strengthen or stiffen it.
  21. One of the rods on which the cover of an umbrella is extended.
  22. A prominent line or ridge, as in cloth.
  23. A longitudinal strip of metal uniting the barrels of a double- barreled gun.
  24. The chief nerve, or one of the chief nerves, of a leaf.
  25. Any longitudinal ridge in a plant.
  26. In Gothic vaulting, one of the primary members of the vault. These are strong arches, meeting and crossing one another, dividing the whole space into triangles, which are then filled by vaulted construction of lighter material. Hence, an imitation of one of these in wood, plaster, or the like.
  27. A projecting mold, or group of moldings, forming with others a pattern, as on a ceiling, ornamental door, or the like.
  28. Solid coal on the side of a gallery; solid ore in a vein.
  29. An elongated pillar of ore or coal left as a support.
  30. A wife; - in allusion to Eve, as made out of Adam's rib.
  31. One of the series of curved bony rods attached to the spine, and encircling the body cavity; anything like a rib, as a ridge, strip, or band; a piece of timber used to shape and strengthen the side of a ship or the wing of an airplane; the main vein of a leaf.
  32. One of the curved bones of the chest; curved timber of a ship; vein of a leaf; ridge.
  33. One of the curved bones nearly encircling the chest.
  34. A ridge, strip, or band; a curved timber of a ship.
  35. A side- bone of animal bodies; anything like a rib; a piece of timber for strengthening the side of a ship; the continuation of the petiole along the middle of a leaf; something long, thin, and narrow; a strip.
  36. One of the curved bony hoops or bars which protect the lungs, heart, & c.; one of the curved timbers in an arched roof to which the laths are nailed; in bot., the central longitudinal nerve or vein of a leaf; in a ship, one of the curved timbers which give form and strength to its side; something long, thin, and narrow; a familiar term for a wife.
  37. One of the curved bones of the thorax articulating with the spine and either free at the other end or connected with the sternum ; the central vein of a leaf.