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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Ribs considered as a group.
  • n. An arrangement of ribs, as in a boat.
  • n. Informal The act or an instance of joking or teasing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of rib.
  • n. The action of the verb to rib.
  • n. Collectively, the ribs on an object.
  • n. An instance of teasing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An assemblage or arrangement of ribs, as the timberwork for the support of an arch or coved ceiling, the veins in the leaves of some plants, ridges in the fabric of cloth, or the like.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An assemblage or arrangement of ribs, as timberwork sustaining a vaulted ceiling, ridges on cloth, veins in the leaves of plants, etc.
  • n. In agriculture, a kind of imperfect plowing, formerly common, by which stubbles were rapidly turned over, every alternate strip only being moved.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a framework of ribs
  • n. the act of harassing someone playfully or maliciously (especially by ridicule); provoking someone with persistent annoyances

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