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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
rib
I.noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
fractured skull/jaw/rib etc
▪ She suffered a fractured skull in the accident.
poke sb in the eye/arm/ribs etc
▪ Be careful with that umbrella or you’ll poke someone in the eye.
rib cage
spare ribs
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
broken
▪ Robert Cunningham, 35, who suffered a broken rib in the fracas, admitted assault.
▪ A postmortem showed she had 55 injuries, including broken ribs and bruises to head, neck and body.
▪ Read in studio A misadventure verdict's been recorded on a man who died in hospital after being admitted with broken ribs.
▪ Although he had suffered severe head injuries and eight broken ribs, he was found to have died from drowning.
▪ Apart from a broken rib, massive bruises all over my body, and slight concussion, I was in one piece.
▪ The pilot was being treated for suspected internal injuries and his passenger for a suspected broken arm and ribs.
▪ And Eve's in a hospital ward with broken ribs and concussion and all kinds of things.
full
▪ For a Chunky machine and a full needle rib setting use double knit yarn.
▪ Push up needles for full needle rib.
▪ Some yarns will give a neat sideways band using full needle rib but others look very floppy so beware.
▪ Three and four colour knitting is usually more successful using full needle rib and fine yarns with the ribber.
▪ For a full needle tuck stitch garment then you can choose between a full needle rib or a 2x1 setting.
prime
▪ Rub prime rib with salt and pepper.
▪ Let the prime rib rest for 10 minutes, then remove roast from pan to a carving board. 4.
▪ Past his prime and carrying too much prime rib of beef, Witherspoon was still far too much for Cole.
▪ The bulk of the entr es are represented by more meats-21-day, Black Angus prime rib.
short
▪ I can smell them short ribs.
▪ Y., are chicken wings or short ribs braised with a malty brown ale.
▪ Instead of pork short ribs, how about beef for a change?
▪ The city lies against and below two short spiny ribs of hill.
▪ The remaining wholesale cuts provide hamburger, stew meat, short ribs, flank steak, and brisket of beef.
▪ His opponent was about to have his short ribs broken.
spare
▪ Trim spare ribs of any excess fat, then place in a large roasting tin.
▪ Pour the barbecue sauce over the spare ribs.
▪ The food was good: a thin soup followed by pork spare ribs.
■ NOUN
cage
▪ The Endomorph isn't necessarily large framed but is sturdily built with a large rib cage, waist and hips.
▪ The cold pressed into his rib cage.
▪ His rib cage was missing on one side where a large piece of shell casing stuck out from under his breastbone.
▪ I drive my chin into his rib cage.
▪ Graham Marshall followed with injuries to his rib cage which according to the internationalist following the game, will possibly terminate his career.
▪ It gradually tightens itself so as to not allow for expansion of the rib cage.
▪ Breathe in and out - not too deeply, expanding both the top and bottom of the rib cage Muscle-tensing.
▪ No bulging rib cages, no collar bones out to here, no sunken eyes or bizarre hipbone bulges.
injury
▪ The exciting Warrington scrum-half has a rib injury.
▪ Marshall took 10 for 92 in that match but arrived at Old Trafford for the third Test reportedly with a rib injury.
▪ Robert Rosario returns after a rib injury to challenge on-loan striker Paul Williams.
▪ His rib injury is more serious than first thought.
▪ Last night, the No. 8 Phil Davies, protecting a rib injury, also dropped out.
■ VERB
break
▪ World Champion Jan Kellner broke his rib during the squirt competition the day before.
▪ I had to kick him all over the room, broke ribs and stuff.
▪ Collisions with concrete walls have broken three of his ribs and shattered a kneecap.
▪ An hour later, when the shock was over, he confirmed my fears: I had broken two ribs.
▪ I picked him off Newbury racecourse after he had broken most of his ribs under the flying hooves of his competitors.
▪ They laid them on the floor and they walked over them until they broke their ribs.
▪ Apart from a 10% collapsed lung, Lester broke two ribs and his left collarbone.
▪ I could hear the broken ends of a rib clicking together as I breathed.
crack
▪ It nicked a lung and probably cracked a rib, but it didn't open the abdomen.
▪ I left my body while he did in my cracked ribs.
▪ He was reported to have also suffered cracked ribs and a broken jaw as a result of the difference of opinion.
▪ Glavine cracked a rib three years ago and missed one start.
▪ Once he had actually cracked her rib.
▪ A couple of weeks later the male chorus danced straight into him, elbows akimbo, and cracked his ribs.
▪ Coulthard, who despite x-rays to the contrary believes he has cracked a rib, made only passing reference to the discomfort.
poke
▪ Ted said, poking Petey in the ribs.
▪ Bobby poked him in the ribs.
▪ Polly poked me in the ribs and I nodded at her and smiled.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
stick to sb's ribs
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ A bruised rib sent Shaw out of the game.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Bobby poked him in the ribs.
▪ Bring mixture to a boil and simmer until ribs are tender, about 1 hour.
▪ I picked him off Newbury racecourse after he had broken most of his ribs under the flying hooves of his competitors.
▪ On the staircase, Ried's hand can be seen again in the rib vaulting of c.1500.
▪ Right on her rib was a circle and a cross burnt right in the skin.
▪ Some brachiopods are smooth, but many became corrugated or ornamented with course or fine ribs.
II.verb
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ Jose's teammates ribbed him about the flowers he got.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Only the most daredevil gentlemen will choose the flannel shorts or fitted velvet trousers worn with a body-hugging ribbed sweater.
▪ The achenes of Sagittaria species differ from those of Echinodorus species by not being ribbed.
▪ The outside of the shoe was constructed from woven fabric and metal with a ribbed silicon rubber tread.
▪ The sand under his feet had been crusty at first, ribbed, but now it was turning smooth, soft, unmarked.
▪ The vaulting is ribbed throughout, lofty and well-proportioned.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Rib

Rib \Rib\, n. [AS. rib, ribb; akin to D. rib, G. rippe, OHG. rippa, rippi, Dan. ribbe, Icel. rif, Russ. rebro.]

  1. (Anat.) One of the curved bones attached to the vertebral column and supporting the lateral walls of the thorax.

    Note: In man there are twelve ribs on each side, of which the upper seven are directly connected with the sternum by cartilages, and are called sternal, or true, ribs. The remaining five pairs are called asternal, or false, ribs, and of these each of the three upper pairs is attached to the cartilage of the rib above, while the two lower pairs are free at the ventral ends, and are called floating ribs. See Thorax.

  2. That which resembles a rib in form or use. Specifically:

    1. (Shipbuilding) One of the timbers, or bars of iron or steel, that branch outward and upward from the keel, to support the skin or planking, and give shape and strength to the vessel.

    2. (Mach. & Structures) A ridge, fin, or wing, as on a plate, cylinder, beam, etc., to strengthen or stiffen it.

    3. One of the rods on which the cover of an umbrella is extended.

    4. A prominent line or ridge, as in cloth.

    5. A longitudinal strip of metal uniting the barrels of a double-barreled gun.

  3. (Bot.) The chief nerve, or one of the chief nerves, of a leaf. (b) Any longitudinal ridge in a plant.

  4. (Arch.)

    1. In Gothic vaulting, one of the primary members of the vault. These are strong arches, meeting and crossing one another, dividing the whole space into triangles, which are then filled by vaulted construction of lighter material. Hence, an imitation of one of these in wood, plaster, or the like.

    2. A projecting mold, or group of moldings, forming with others a pattern, as on a ceiling, ornamental door, or the like.

  5. (Mining)

    1. Solid coal on the side of a gallery; solid ore in a vein.

    2. An elongated pillar of ore or coal left as a support.
      --Raymond.

  6. A wife; -- in allusion to Eve, as made out of Adam's rib.

    How many have we known whose heads have been broken with their own rib.
    --Bp. Hall.

    Chuck rib, a cut of beef immediately in front of the middle rib. See Chuck.

    Fore ribs, a cut of beef immediately in front of the sirloin.

    Middle rib, a cut of beef between the chuck rib and the fore ribs.

    Rib grass. (Bot.) Same as Ribwort.

Rib

Rib \Rib\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Ribbed; p. pr. & vb. n. Ribbing.]

  1. To furnish with ribs; to form with rising lines and channels; as, to rib cloth.

  2. To inclose, as with ribs, and protect; to shut in.

    It [lead] were too gross To rib her cerecloth in the obscure grave.
    --Shak.

    To rib land, to leave strips of undisturbed ground between the furrows in plowing.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
rib

Old English ribb "rib," from Proto-Germanic *rebja- (cognates: Old Norse rif, Old Saxon ribbi, Old Frisian ribb, Middle Dutch, Dutch ribbe, Old High German ribba, German Rippe), literally "a covering" (of the cavity of the chest), from PIE *rebh- "to roof, cover" (cognates: Greek ereptein "to roof," Old Church Slavonic rebro "rib, reef"). As an item of food from early 15c. Rib joint "brothel" is slang from 1943, probably in reference to Adam's rib (compare rib "woman, wife," attested from 1580s).

rib

"tease, fool," 1930, apparently from rib (n.); perhaps as a figurative suggestion of poking someone in the ribs. Related: Ribbed; ribbing.

Wiktionary
rib

n. 1 Any of a series of long curved bones occurring in 12 pairs in humans and other animals and extending from the spine to or toward the sternum 2 A part or piece, similar to a rib, and serving to shape or support something 3 A cut of meat enclosing one or more rib bones 4 (label en nautical) Any of several curved members attached to a ship's keel and extending upward and outward to form the framework of the hull 5 Any of several transverse pieces that provide an aircraft wing with shape and strength 6 (label en architecture) A long, narrow, usually arched member projecting from the surface of a structure, especially such a member separating the webs of a vault 7 (label en knitting) A raised ridge in knitted material or in cloth 8 (label en botany) The main, or any of the prominent veins of a leaf 9 A teasing joke 10 (label en Ireland colloquial) A single strand of hair. 11 A stalk of celery. vb. 1 To shape, support, or provide something with a rib or ribs 2 To tease or make fun of someone 3 To enclose, as if with ribs, and protect; to shut in. 4 (label en transitive) To leave strips of undisturbed ground between the furrows in ploughing (land).

WordNet
rib
  1. n. support resembling the rib of an animal

  2. 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) [syn: costa]

  3. cut of meat including one or more ribs

  4. a teasing remark

  5. a riblike supporting or strengthening part of an animal or plant

  6. a projecting molding on the underside of a vault or ceiling; may be ornamental or structural

  7. [also: ribbing, ribbed]

rib
  1. v. form vertical ribs by knitting; "A ribbed sweater"

  2. 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" [syn: ridicule, roast, guy, blackguard, laugh at, jest at, make fun, poke fun]

  3. [also: ribbing, ribbed]

Gazetteer
Wikipedia
Rib

In vertebrate anatomy, ribs are the long curved bones which form the rib cage. In most tetrapods, ribs surround the chest, enabling the lungs to expand and thus facilitate breathing by expanding the chest cavity. They serve to protect the lungs, heart, and other internal organs of the thorax. In some animals, especially snakes, ribs may provide support and protection for the entire body.

Rib (aeronautics)

In an aircraft, ribs are forming elements of the structure of a wing, especially in traditional construction.

By analogy with the anatomical definition of " rib", the ribs attach to the main spar, and by being repeated at frequent intervals, form a skeletal shape for the wing. Usually ribs incorporate the airfoil shape of the wing, and the skin adopts this shape when stretched over the ribs.

Rib (disambiguation)

Rib or RIB may refer to:

Usage examples of "rib".

Despite the gentle ribbing from James he was here because his men were aboard that ship and they had the right to expect his best efforts to aid them.

Bally reports a somewhat similar instance, in which, three months after ingestion, during an attack of peripneumonia, a foreign body was extracted from an abscess of the thorax, between the 2d and 3d ribs.

There is also the resemblance of the plan of the city to the blade of such a knife, the curve of the defile corresponding to the curve of the blade, the River Acis to the central rib, Acies Castle to the point, and the Capulus to the line at which the steel vanishes into the haft.

With a deer rib bone whose end she had hollowed out to make a small depression, she fed him the agrimony concentration in small sips sometime near midnight.

The shafts corresponding to them in the other bays of the aisle, to which the ribs of the aisle vaults converge, are only three.

He et chops till the ribs was done, an' he et ribs till the leg was done.

Thanks to a chance sheltering in a dense crop of araucaria this young male had survived the tornado, suffering no worse injury than a snapped rib.

I have artichokes with Parmesan cheese, just a little bite of the excellent bread, a few sips of red wine, a plate of eggplant and peppers, and gigantic portions of rib steak, chicken, and lamb.

To escape, of which of course I had thought at once, was impossible since it meant an assegai in my ribs.

The ICP had documented Auric healing of minor cuts and burns, but nothing like broken ribs.

Then as he bandaged the squires ribs, Owyn said, Your friend doesnt talk much, does he?

I met up with Foster at the Pan Pan just in time for an early lunch of juicy barbecued ribs and an excellent chopped barbecued-pork sandwich.

For some odd and unaccountable reason, the tasty, crunchy part of a barbecued rib does not matter.

I walking distance there existed multiple slabs of barbecued ribs superior to any I had ever tasted.

And pathos and bathos delightful to see, And chop and change ribs, a-la-mode Germanorum, And high diddle ho diddle, pop tweedle dee.