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  1. any of the 12 pairs of curved arches of bone extending from the spine to or toward the sternum in humans (and similar bones in most vertebrates) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. form vertical ribs by knitting Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. support resembling the rib of an animal Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. a projecting molding on the underside of a vault or ceiling; may be ornamental or structural Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. a riblike supporting or strengthening part of an animal or plant Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. cut of meat including one or more ribs Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. a teasing remark Wordnet Dictionary DB
  8. subject to laughter or ridicule; "The satirists ridiculed the plans for a new opera house"; "The students poked fun at the inexperienced teacher"; "His former students roasted the professor at his 60th birthday" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  9. form vertical ribs by knitting; "A ribbed sweater" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  10. One of the curved bones attached to the vertebral column and supporting the lateral walls of the thorax. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. That which resembles a rib in form or use. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. A ridge, fin, or wing, as on a plate, cylinder, beam, etc., to strengthen or stiffen it. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. One of the rods on which the cover of an umbrella is extended. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. A prominent line or ridge, as in cloth. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. A longitudinal strip of metal uniting the barrels of a double-barreled gun. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. The chief nerve, or one of the chief nerves, of a leaf. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. Any longitudinal ridge in a plant. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  20. A projecting mold, or group of moldings, forming with others a pattern, as on a ceiling, ornamental door, or the like. Webster Dictionary DB
  21. Solid coal on the side of a gallery; solid ore in a vein. Webster Dictionary DB
  22. An elongated pillar of ore or coal left as a support. Webster Dictionary DB
  23. To furnish with ribs; to form with rising lines and channels; as, to rib cloth. Webster Dictionary DB
  24. To inclose, as with ribs, and protect; to shut in. Webster Dictionary DB
  25. A wife; - in allusion to Eve, as made out of Adam's rib. Webster Dictionary DB
  26. 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. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  27. To supply or mark with rods or ridges. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  28. Ribbed. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  29. Ribbing. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  30. 1. Costa, one of the twenty-four elongated curved bones forming the main portion of the bony wall of the chest; each rib articulates by its head (capitulum) and tubercle (tuberositas costoe) with two adjacent vertebrae and terminates anteriorly in a cartilaginous extension which articulates directly or indirectly with the side of the sternum; the last two ribs on either side are not connected with the sternum, their anterior extremities being free; the 1st, 10th, 11th, and 12th ribs articulate each with only one vertebra; the 11th and 12th ribs have no tubercle, or tuberosity. 2. In botany, nerve or vein. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  31. One of the bones from the backbone which encircle the chest: anything like a rib in form or use: a piece of timber which helps to form or strengthen the side of a ship: a vein of a leaf: a prominence running in a line: (arch.) a moulding or projecting band on a ceiling. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  32. To furnish or inclose with ribs: to form with rising lines:-pr.p. ribbing; pa.t. and pa.p. ribbed. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  33. One of the curved bones of the chest; curved timber of a ship; vein of a leaf; ridge. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  34. To furnish or form with ribs. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  35. To mark with or strengthen by ribs. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  36. One of the curved bones nearly encircling the chest. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  37. A ridge, strip, or band; a curved timber of a ship. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  38. 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. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  39. To furnish with ribs; to inclose with ribs. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  40. 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. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  41. To furnish or surround with ribs; to form with rising lines or ridges, as cloth. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  42. 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. A dictionary of scientific terms. By Henderson, I. F.; Henderson, W. D. Published 1920.
  43. [Anglo-Saxon] One of the curved bones of the thorax articulating with the spine and either free at the other end or connected with the sternum (anat., zool.); the central vein of a leaf (bot.). na
  44. A wife; -- in allusion to Eve, as made out of Adam's rib. mso.anu.edu.au
  45. A wife; in allusion to Eve, as made out of Adam's rib. dictgcide_fs
  46. rib, n. one of the bones from the backbone which encircle the chest: anything like a rib in form or use: a piece of meat containing one or more ribs: a piece of timber which helps to form or strengthen the side of a ship: a vein of a leaf, or an insect's wing: a prominence running in a line: a ridge: (archit.) a moulding or projecting band on a ceiling: one of the rods on which the cover of an umbrella is extended: (coll.) a wife (from Gen. ii., 21-23).--v.t. to furnish or enclose with ribs: to form with rising lines--as corduroy: to enclose:--pr.p. rib'bing; pa.t. and pa.p. ribbed.--ns. RIB'-BAND, a piece of timber bolted longitudinally to the ribs of a vessel to hold them in position; RIB'BING, an arrangement of ribs; RIB'-GRASS, the ribwort plantain.--adj. RIB'LESS, having no ribs.--n. RIB'LET, a rudimentary rib.--adjs. RIB'-LIKE, like a rib: resembling a rib; RIB'-NOSED, having the snout ribbed, as a baboon.--v.t. RIB'-ROAST, to beat soundly.--ns. RIB'-ROAST'ER (coll.), a severe blow on the ribs; RIB'-ROAST'ING, a severe beating; RIB'-VAULT'ING. [A.S. ribb; Ger. rippe.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  47. rib, n. hound's tongue: water-cress. [A.S. ribbe.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  48. Costa-r. False, see Costa- r. Floating, see Costa- r. Sternal, see Costa- r. True, see Costa. Medical Lexicon. A Dictionary of Medical Science
  49. [Latin] One of the twenty-four bones forming the side of the thorax. True (or Vertebro-sternal) r’s, the 7 upper ribs on either side, which are connected with both the vertebrae and the sternum. False r’s, the remaining 5 ribs, including (A) the 3 Vertebro-costal r’s connected with the vertebrae, and the costal cartilages, and (B) the 2 Vertebral (or Floating) r’s connected with the vertebrae alone. na
  50. One of curved bones reaching from spine round upper part of body (true, sternal, r., joined also to breast bone, opp. false, floating, asternal, short, r.; poke one in the rr., to draw his attention facetiously; smite under fifth r. bibl., stab; r. or rr. of beef &c., as joint of meat; SPARE-r.); ridge or long raised piece often of thicker material across thinner surface serving to support as part of frame work or strengthen or adorn, e.g. vein of leaf, shaft of feather, spur of mountain, vein of ore, ridge between furrows, wave-mark on sand, raised line in knitting, one of ship\'s curved timbers to which planks are nailed or corresponding ironwork, arch supporting vault, groin, raised moulding on groin or across ceiling &c., wooden or iron beam helping to carry bridge, hinged rod of umbrella-frame; r. -grass, -wort, Narrowleaved Plantain; hence (-)ribbed, ribless, aa. (Vb) provide with rr., act as rr. of, whence ribbing (3, 6) n.; mark with ridges; plough with rr. between furrows, half-plough, rafter. [old Norse] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  51. Gen. ii. 21) wife, woman. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  52. Any one of the twenty-four bones of the sides of the chest. American pocket medical dictionary.
  53. One of the long, flat curved bones with the concavity inward which extend ventrally from the vertebral column. In man the ribs are normally twelve in number on each side. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  54. n. [Anglo-Saxon] One of the long bones inclosing the thoracic cavity in animal bodies; -a piece of timber which forms or strengthens the side of a ship;- an arch-formed piece of timber for supporting the lath and plaster work of a vault; also, a projecting piece on the interior of a vault, &c.;— any marked nerve or vein of a leaf;— a prominent line or rising, like a rib in cloth; a thin narrow piece; a strip, as of land. Cabinet Dictionary

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