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3 letters words from 'rib'

RIB 5 

2 letters words from 'rib'

BI 4 

All 3 letters words made out of rib

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Definitions and meaning of rib



  • enPR: rĭb, IPA(key): /ɹɪb/
  • Rhymes: -ɪb

Etymology 1

From Middle English rib, ribbe, from Old English ribb (rib), from Proto-West Germanic *ribi, from Proto-Germanic *ribją (rib, reef), from Proto-Indo-European *h₁rebʰ- (arch, ceiling, cover).

Cognate with Dutch rib (rib), Norwegian ribbe (sparerib), Norwegian ribben (rib), Low German ribbe (rib), German Rippe (rib), Old Norse rif (rib, reef), Serbo-Croatian rèbro (rib).

(wife or woman): In reference to the creation of Eve from Adam's rib in the Bible.


rib (plural ribs)

  1. (anatomy) Any of a series of long curved bones occurring in 12 pairs in humans and other animals and extending from the spine to or toward the sternum.
  2. (by extension) A part or piece, similar to a rib, and serving to shape or support something.
  3. A cut of meat enclosing one or more rib bones.
  4. (nautical) Any of several curved members attached to a ship's keel and extending upward and outward to form the framework of the hull.
  5. (aeronautics) Any of several transverse pieces that provide an aircraft wing with shape and strength.
  6. (architecture) A long, narrow, usually arched member projecting from the surface of a structure, especially such a member separating the webs of a vault
  7. (knitting) A raised ridge in knitted material or in cloth.
  8. (botany) The main, or any of the prominent veins of a leaf.
  9. A teasing joke.
  10. (Ireland, colloquial) A single strand of hair.
  11. A stalk of celery.
  12. (archaic, literary or humorous) A wife or woman.
    • 1862, George Borrow, Wild Wales
      'Near to it was the portrait of his rib, Dame Middleton.'
Derived terms


rib (third-person singular simple present ribs, present participle ribbing, simple past and past participle ribbed)

  1. To shape, support, or provide something with a rib or ribs.
  2. To tease or make fun of someone in a good-natured way.
  3. To enclose, as if with ribs, and protect; to shut in.
  4. (transitive) To leave strips of undisturbed ground between the furrows in ploughing (land).

Etymology 2

From Middle English ribbe, from Old English ribbe (hound's-tongue).


rib (plural ribs)

  1. (botany) Hound's-tongue (Cynoglossum officinale).
  2. (botany) Costmary (Tanacetum balsamita).
  3. (botany) Watercress (Nasturtium officinale).

Further reading

  • rib on Wikipedia.Wikipedia


  • BIR, BRI, Bri, IBR, IRB, RBI



  • Hyphenation: rib

Etymology 1

From Dutch rib, from Middle Dutch ribbe, from Old Dutch *ribba, from Proto-Germanic *ribją.


rib (plural ribbe, diminutive ribbetjie)

  1. (anatomy) rib



From Middle Dutch ribbe, from Old Dutch *ribba, from Proto-Germanic *ribją.


  • IPA(key): /rɪp/
  • Hyphenation: rib
  • Rhymes: -ɪp


rib m (plural ribben, diminutive ribje n)

  1. rib
  2. a truss (wooden frame)

Derived terms

  • ribbenkast
  • ribstuk
  • scheepsrib


  • Afrikaans: rib
  • Berbice Creole Dutch: rebu
  • Negerhollands: rippe, reppe, ribi
  • Papiamentu: repchi, ribtsje (from the diminutive)

Scottish Gaelic


From ribe (hair, blade, tape)


rib (past rib, future ribidh, verbal noun ribeadh, past participle ribte)

  1. trap, ensnare

Related terms

  • ribe




  1. genitive dual/plural of riba




  1. very



  • (Standard Zhuang) IPA(key): /ɣip˧/
  • Tone numbers: rib8
  • Hyphenation: rib

Etymology 1

From Proto-Tai *C̬.lepᴰ (fingernail; toenail). Cognate with Thai เล็บ (lép), Lao ເລັບ (lep), Shan ၼဵပ်ႉ (nḛ̂p), Ahom 𑜎𑜢𑜆𑜫 (lip), Saek หลี้บ.


rib (Sawndip forms 𭻎 or 𭶫, old orthography rib)

  1. nail (on fingers and toes)
    Synonym: (dialectal) gyaep
  2. claw; talon
    Synonym: nyauj
  3. hoof
    Synonym: ve

Etymology 2

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rib (old orthography rib)

  1. to clean up; to tidy up
  2. to confiscate

Source: wiktionary.org
  • RIATA, (Spanish) a lariat.
    (source: Collins Scrabble Dictionary)