rib

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Etymology[edit]

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

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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.

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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
    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).

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Noun[edit]

rib m (plural ribben, diminutive ribje n)

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

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Rafsi[edit]

rib

  1. rafsi of cribe.

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Verb[edit]

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

  1. trap, ensnare

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