General Science

  • noun a curved bone in the chest, one of a set of pairs that form the rib cage


Cars & Driving

  • noun a structural member for reinforcing bodywork
  • noun a ridge on the sidewall of a tyre to protect it from damage on impact with the kerb


  • One of a number of parallel structural members backing sheathing.
  • The portion of a T-beam that projects below the slab.
  • In deformed reinforcing bars, the deformations or the longitudinal parting ridge.


  • That part of the carcass of an animal comprising the vertebrae and associated muscles plus a length of attached rib bone equal in length to twice the diameter of the main muscle or less in the case of large animals. It is usually divided along the spinal column and may be cut into single rib portions (cutlets, etc.) or 3 or more ribs (rib roasts).


  • noun one of twenty-four curved bones which protect the chest


  • noun any of a set of bones that form a protective cage across the chest


  • noun one of several bones forming a cage across the chest
  • noun a piece of meat with the rib bone attached to it.

Origin & History of “rib”

Rib is a widespread Germanic word, which goes back to a prehistoric *rebjō, source also of German rippe, Dutch rib, Swedish ribba ‘lath’, etc. Its Old Norse form rif is the ancestor of English reef. Outside Germanic it is related to Russian rebro ‘rib’.