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Dictionary definition for: Rib

1. (n) support resembling the rib of an animal

2. (v) form vertical ribs by knitting; "A ribbed sweater"

3. (n) 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)

4. (v) 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"

5. (n) cut of meat including one or more ribs

6. (n) a teasing remark

7. (n) a riblike supporting or strengthening part of an animal or plant

8. (n) a projecting molding on the underside of a vault or ceiling; may be ornamental or structural

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