|of or pertaining to the shoulders or the scapula or scapulae.|
|bones of the limbs, including the bones of the pectoral and pelvic girdles, 126 bones|
|1.||true rib false ribs Compare floating rib Technical name: costa any of the 24 curved elastic arches of bone that together form the chest wall in man. All are attached behind to the thoracic part of the spinal column|
|2.||the corresponding bone in other vertebrates|
|3.||a cut of meat including one or more ribs|
|4.||a part or element similar in function or appearance to a rib, esp a structural or supporting member or a raised strip or ridge|
|5.||a structural member in a wing that extends from the leading edge to the trailing edge and maintains the shape of the wing surface|
|6.||a projecting moulding or band on the underside of a vault or ceiling, which may be structural or ornamental|
|7.||See also ribbing one of a series of raised rows in knitted fabric|
|8.||a raised ornamental line on the spine of a book where the stitching runs across it|
|9.||any of the transverse stiffening timbers or joists forming the frame of a ship's hull|
|10.||any of the larger veins of a leaf|
|11.||a metal strip running along the top of the barrel of a shotgun or handgun and guiding the alignment of the sights|
|12.||a vein of ore in rock|
|13.||a projecting ridge of a mountain; spur|
|—vb , ribs, ribbing, ribbed|
|14.||to furnish or support with a rib or ribs|
|15.||to mark with or form into ribs or ridges|
|16.||to knit plain and purl stitches alternately in order to make raised rows in (knitting)|
|17.||archaic to enclose with or as if with ribs|
|[Old English ribb; related to Old High German rippi, Old Norse rif|
One of a series of long curved bones occurring in 12 pairs in humans and extending from the spine to or toward the sternum.
|rib (rĭb) Pronunciation Key
see stick to the ribs.
any of several pairs of narrow, curved strips of bone (sometimes cartilage) attached dorsally to the vertebrae and, in higher vertebrates, to the breastbone ventrally, to form the bony skeleton, or rib cage, of the chest. The ribs help to protect the internal organs that they enclose and lend support to the trunk musculature.
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