[ noun ] support resembling the rib of an animal
Used in print(Breni James, Nights of the Kill....)
The lieutenant 's sparse brown hair was heavily pomaded , and as Killpath raked the comb through it , it stuck together in thatches so that it looked_like umbrella ribs clinging to his pink skull .(Peter Field, Rattlesnake Ridge....)
Behind its ornate facade the notorious dive clung like a bird 's nest to the rocky ribs of the canyonside .(T. C. McClary, "The Flooded Desert," Argosy,...)
He furled the slashed sides of the canvas tarpaulins , leaving the ribs and wagon open .
He drew a long breath and opened the trunk and hung out her clothes and spoilables upon the wagon ribs .
[ noun ] (anatomy,zoology) 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)
Used in print(J. W. C. Hagstrom et al., "Debilitating muscular...)
The bone of the vertebral bodies , ribs , and sternum was soft and was easily compressed .
[ verb ] subject to laughter or ridicule
"The 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"
[ noun ] (architecture) a projecting molding on the underside of a vault or ceiling; may be ornamental or structural