from The Century Dictionary.

  • Furnished with ribs; strengthened or supported by ribs, in any sense of the word.
  • Formed into ribs or ridges; having alternate lines of projection and depression; ridged: as, ribbed cloth; ribbed hose.
  • In anatomy and zoology, having a rib or ribs, in any sense; costal; costate; costiferous.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Furnished or formed with ribs.
  • adjective (Mining) Intercalated with slate; -- said of a seam of coal.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Having ribs.
  • adjective mining intercalated with slate; said of a seam of coal
  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of rib.

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

  • adjective furnished or strengthened with ribs
  • adjective (of the surface) having a rough, riblike texture


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