Definition of rib noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//rɪb//
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪb//
    Body parts, Meat, Skeleton and muscles
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  1. 1 [countable] any of the curved bones that are connected to the spine and surround the chest a broken/bruised/cracked rib Stop poking me in the ribs! see also ribcage See related entries: Body parts, Skeleton and muscles
  2. 2 [uncountable, countable] a piece of meat with one or more bones from the ribs of an animal see also spare rib See related entries: Meat
  3. 3[countable] a curved piece of wood, metal or plastic that forms the frame of a boat, roof, etc. and makes it stronger a roof with rib vaulting
  4. 4[uncountable, countable] a way of knitting that produces a pattern of vertical lines in which some are higher than others a rib cotton sweater
  5. Word OriginOld English rib, ribb (noun), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch rib(be) and German Rippe. The sense ‘tease’ was originally a US slang usage meaning ‘to fool, dupe’ (1930s).Idioms
    dig somebody in the ribs
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    to push your finger or your elbow into somebody’s side, especially to attract their attention
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