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English noun: rib

1. rib (artifact) support resembling the rib of an animal

Broader (hypernym)support

Narrower (hyponym)screw thread, thread

Part meronymhull, umbrella, wing

2. rib (body) 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)


Broader (hypernym)bone, os

Narrower (hyponym)true rib

Part holonymcostal cartilage

Part meronymcraniate, vertebrate

Domain categorycraniate, vertebrate

3. rib (food) cut of meat including one or more ribs

Broader (hypernym)cut, cut of meat

Narrower (hyponym)sparerib

Part holonymrib roast, standing rib roast

4. rib (communication) a teasing remark

Broader (hypernym)comment, input, remark

5. rib (body) a riblike supporting or strengthening part of an animal or plant

Broader (hypernym)anatomical structure, bodily structure, body structure, complex body part, structure

Narrower (hyponym)calamus, nervure, quill, shaft, vein

6. rib (artifact) a projecting molding on the underside of a vault or ceiling; may be ornamental or structural

Broader (hypernym)molding, moulding

English verb: rib

1. rib (creation) form vertical ribs by knitting

SamplesA ribbed sweater.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)knit

Domain categoryhandicraft

2. rib (communication) subject to laughter or ridicule

SamplesThe 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.

Synonymsblackguard, guy, jest at, laugh at, make fun, poke fun, ridicule, roast

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)bemock, mock

Narrower (hyponym)debunk, expose, lampoon, satirise, satirize, stultify, tease

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