Meaning of “rib” in the English Dictionary

"rib" in British English

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ribnoun

uk /rɪb/ us /rɪb/

rib noun (BONE)

B2 [ C ] a bone that curves round from your back to your chest:

My son broke 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 Sunday lunch.
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[ C ] one of the curved pieces 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 raised parallel lines

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ribverb [ T ]

uk /rɪb/ us /rɪb/ -bb- informal

(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 upper part 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, curved pieces 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 press conference.

(Definition of “rib” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)