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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)







"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 Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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