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Meaning of “rib” in the English Dictionary

"rib" in British English

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ribnoun

uk   us   /rɪb/
  • rib noun (BONE)

B2 [C] a ​bone that ​curves round from ​your back to ​yourchest: My ​sonbroke a rib when he ​fell off a ​ladder. [C or U] a ​piece of ​meat taken from this ​part of an ​animal: He ​cooked rib of ​lamb for ​Sundaylunch.
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[C] one of the ​curvedpieces of ​metal or ​wood that ​support the ​structure of a ​boat or ​roof

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  • rib noun (PATTERN)

[U] a ​method of knitting that makes a ​pattern of ​raisedparallellines
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ribverb [T]

uk   us   /rɪb/ (-bb-) informal
to ​joke and ​laugh at someone in a ​friendly way about something: His ​brothers ribbed him about his new ​girlfriend.
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(Definition of rib from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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ribnoun [C]

 us   /rɪb/
  • rib noun [C] (BONE)

one of the ​bones that ​curve around from the ​spine (= the ​line of ​bones down the ​center of the back) on each ​side of the ​upperpart of the ​body to ​form the ​chest A rib is also a ​piece of ​meat taken from this ​part of an ​animal: barbecued ribs Ribs are also the ​thin, ​curvedpieces of ​metal or ​wood that ​shape and ​support the ​sides and ​bottom of a ​boat or the ​top of an ​umbrella (= a ​cover that ​protects from ​rain or ​sun).

ribverb [T]

 us   /rɪb/ (-bb-) infml
  • rib verb [T] (JOKE)

to ​laugh at or ​joke about someone in a ​friendly way; ​tease: The two ​leaders ribbed each other good-naturedly during the ​pressconference.
(Definition of rib from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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