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Definition 1: support resembling the rib of an animal - [noun denoting artifact]

(rib is a kind of ...) any device that bears the weight of another thing

"there was no place to attach supports for a shelf"

(... is a kind of rib ) the raised helical rib going around a screw

(... is part of rib) the frame or body of ship

(... is part of rib) a lightweight handheld collapsible canopy

(... is part of rib) one of the horizontal airfoils on either side of the fuselage of an airplane

Definition 2: a projecting molding on the underside of a vault or ceiling; may be ornamental or structural - [noun denoting artifact]

(rib is a kind of ...) a decorative strip used for ornamentation or finishing

Definition 3: 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) - [noun denoting body]

Synonyms for rib in the sense of this definition

(rib is a kind of ...) rigid connective tissue that makes up the skeleton of vertebrates

(... is a kind of rib ) one of the first seven ribs in a human being which attach to the sternum

(rib is a part of ...) the cartilages that connect the sternum and the ends of the ribs; its elasticity allows the chest to move in respiration

(rib belongs to category ...) animals having a bony or cartilaginous skeleton with a segmented spinal column and a large brain enclosed in a skull or cranium

Definition 4: a riblike supporting or strengthening part of an animal or plant - [noun denoting body]

(rib is a kind of ...) a particular complex anatomical part of a living thing and its construction and arrangement

"he has good bone structure"

(... is a kind of rib ) the hollow spine of a feather

(... is a kind of rib ) one of the horny ribs that stiffen and support the wing of an insect

Definition 5: a teasing remark - [noun denoting communication]

(rib is a kind of ...) a statement that expresses a personal opinion or belief or adds information

"from time to time she contributed a personal comment on his account" "we would appreciate input from our users on how we can improve our software"

Definition 6: cut of meat including one or more ribs - [noun denoting food]

(rib is a kind of ...) a piece of meat that has been cut from an animal carcass

(... is a kind of rib ) a cut of pork ribs with much of the meat trimmed off

(rib is a part of ...) a cut of meat (beef or venison) including more than one rib and the meat located along the outside of the ribs

Definition 7: subject to laughter or ridicule - [verb of communication]

Samples where rib or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for rib in the sense of this definition

(rib is a kind of ...) treat with contempt

"The new constitution mocks all democratic principles"

(... is a kind of rib ) mock or make fun of playfully

"the flirting man teased the young woman"

(... is a kind of rib ) ridicule with satire

"The writer satirized the politician's proposal"

(... is a kind of rib ) expose while ridiculing; especially of pretentious or false claims and ideas

"The physicist debunked the psychic's claims"

(... is a kind of rib ) cause to appear foolish

"He stultified himself by contradicting himself and being inconsistent"

Definition 8: form vertical ribs by knitting - [verb of creation]

Samples where rib or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • A ribbed sweater

(rib is a kind of ...) make (textiles) by knitting

"knit a scarf"

(rib belongs to category ...) a craft that requires skillful hands

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