Definition of rib
- any of several archlike members of a vault supporting it at the groins, defining its distinct surfaces, or dividing these surfaces into panels: including ogives and tiercerons.
- any of several molded members or moldings, including ridge ribs and liernes, and on the surface of a vault accenting the ridges or dividing the surface into panels.
Origin of rib1
OTHER WORDS FROM ribrib·ber, nounrib·less, adjectiverib·like, adjective
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How to use rib in a sentence
As zealots poured in from Arkansas and Mississippi, a wire service reporter got punched in the ribs.
So what if she broke two ribs a couple years ago; so did Jack Bauer —perhaps twice.
As that clip played, Camille leaned over and gave her husband a playful poke in the ribs.
Season beef ribs with brown sugar, honey, onion powder, salt and pepper.Epic Meal Empire’s Meat Monstrosities: From the Bacon Spider to the Cinnabattleship|Harley Morenstein|July 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They begin with a joust where Gautier pierces Bernier with his lance between his ribs.The ‘GOT’ Red Viper and Mountain Duel, and a History of Medieval Trial by Combat|Steven Isaac|June 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He was ready to drop when he reached it, and his heart beat like a hammer against his ribs.
The back, ribs and head of very beautiful small figured wood.Violins and Violin Makers|Joseph Pearce
"Kick a few uh his ribs out uh place for a starter," Piegan coolly advised.Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair
She paused for a fraction of a second, while his heart went thumping against his ribs.The Wave|Algernon Blackwood
These steel ribs and this whalebone make it more like a piece of harness than anything else I can think of.The value of a praying mother|Isabel C. Byrum
British Dictionary definitions for rib (1 of 2)
Derived forms of ribribless, adjectiveriblike, adjective
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Other Idioms and Phrases with rib
see stick to the ribs.