How Do You Spell RIB?

Pronunciation: [ɹˈɪb] (IPA)

The word "rib" is spelled with three letters - R, I, and B. It is pronounced using the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) transcription as /rɪb/. The first letter, "R", is a consonant sound pronounced by phonetic vibration of the back of the tongue against the soft palate. The following letter, "I", is a short vowel sound pronounced by positioning the tongue near the front of the mouth. The final letter, "B", is a voiced consonant sound pronounced by closing the lips and releasing a small burst of air when spoken.

RIB Meaning and Definition

  1. Rib is a noun that refers to a long, curved, and slender bone located in the chest or an analogous structure found in other animals. In humans, there are typically 12 pairs of ribs, with 24 in total, extending from the thoracic vertebrae of the spine towards the front of the body. These protective and flexible bones collectively form the ribcage, enclosing and safeguarding vital organs such as the heart and lungs. Ribs possess a distinctive shape that is tubular and slightly flattened, with a gentle curve resembling a boomerang. On each side of the chest, the ribs are attached posteriorly to the thoracic vertebrae and anteriorly to the sternum or breastbone. They are connected in the front by costal cartilage, allowing some degree of mobility during activities like breathing.

    Beyond anatomical contexts, the term "rib" can be employed in a variety of metaphorical or descriptive usages. For instance, it can indicate a cut of meat obtained from the rib section of an animal, particularly a beef or pork rib. The word can also allude to a structural component resembling a rib, such as the beams or arches that provide support and shape to certain architectural structures. Additionally, "rib" can function as a verb, signifying the act of teasing or jokingly criticizing someone in a light-hearted manner. This action is often characterized by good-natured humor or banter, intending to provoke laughter or camaraderie among friends or acquaintances.

  2. 1. Costa, one of the twenty-four elongated curved bones forming the main portion of the bony wall of the chest; each rib articulates by its head (capitulum) and tubercle (tuberositas costoe) with two adjacent vertebrae and terminates anteriorly in a cartilaginous extension which articulates directly or indirectly with the side of the sternum; the last two ribs on either side are not connected with the sternum, their anterior extremities being free; the 1st, 10th, 11th, and 12th ribs articulate each with only one vertebra; the 11th and 12th ribs have no tubercle, or tuberosity. 2. In botany, nerve or vein.

    A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.

  3. • Ribbed.
    • One of the curved bony hoops or bars which protect the lungs, heart, &c.; one of the curved timbers in an arched roof to which the laths are nailed; in bot., the central longitudinal nerve or vein of a leaf; in a ship, one of the curved timbers which give form and strength to its side; something long, thin, and narrow; a familiar term for a wife.
    • To furnish or surround with ribs; to form with rising lines or ridges, as cloth.

    Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Etymology of RIB

The word "rib" originates from the Old English word "ribb". It can be traced back to the Proto-Germanic language, where it was "rebjo". This in turn can be linked to the Proto-Indo-European root *rebh-, meaning "arch, support". Notably, the word "rib" is related to various other Germanic languages, such as German "Rippe" and Dutch "rib". The connection between these words reflects their shared linguistic ancestry.

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Plural form of RIB is RIBS

Conjugate verb Rib


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