- a slip of paper, cloth, or other material, marked or inscribed, for attachment to something to indicate its manufacturer, nature, ownership, destination, etc.
- a short word or phrase descriptive of a person, group, intellectual movement, etc.
- a word or phrase indicating that what follows belongs in a particular category or classification: The following definition has the label “Archit.”
- Architecture. a molding or dripstone over a door or window, especially one that extends horizontally across the top of the opening and vertically downward for a certain distance at the sides.
- a brand or trademark, especially of a manufacturer of phonograph records, tape cassettes, etc.: She records under a new label.
- the manufacturer using such a label: a major label that has produced some of the best recordings of the year.
- Heraldry. a narrow horizontal strip with a number of downward extensions of rectangular or dovetail form, usually placed in chief as the cadency mark of an eldest son.
- Obsolete. a strip or narrow piece of anything.
- to affix a label to; mark with a label.
- to designate or describe by or on a label: The bottle was labeled poison.
- to put in a certain class; classify.
- Also radiolabel. Chemistry. to incorporate a radioactive or heavy isotope into (a molecule) in order to make traceable.
Origin of label
Examples from the Web for labeling
Even his nametag played up his dweeby nature, labeling him “Mr. Gruber, PhD.”Obamacare Architect: I Wanted to Sound Smart
December 9, 2014
Actually for Conte, who has a passionate aversion to labeling, that may be a bit too much categorization for his liking.Viral Video Pioneers: How Pomplamoose is Turning YouTube Stardom Into a Sustainable Profession
October 27, 2014
The idea behind the labeling of GMOs is simple, logical, and appealingly democratic.
In Europe, where fear of GMOs is much more widespread than in the United States, labeling is a common practice.
The media, forever starved for lazy shorthand, have gone along with the labeling too.The New Right-Wing Idol: Working Moms
July 16, 2014
Next to the stamping, comes the labeling of the books to be added to the library.A Book for All Readers
Ainsworth Rand Spofford
Wagner proceeded to make it so by labeling his themes, leading motives.Old Fogy
In addition Marie, skilful too of touch, was put in the labeling department.The Story of Silk
Sara Ware Bassett
In labeling them use ink, as pencil marks are too easily obliterated.Packing and Portaging
He had taken lately so to labeling her small conventionalities.The Nest Builder
Beatrice Forbes-Robertson Hale
- a piece of paper, card, or other material attached to an object to identify it or give instructions or details concerning its ownership, use, nature, destination, etc; tag
- a brief descriptive phrase or term given to a person, group, school of thought, etcthe label "Romantic" is applied to many different kinds of poetry
- a word or phrase heading a piece of text to indicate or summarize its contents
- a trademark or company or brand name on certain goods, esp, formerly, on gramophone records
- another name for dripstone (def. 2)
- heraldry a charge consisting of a horizontal line across the chief of a shield with three or more pendants: the charge of an eldest son
- computing a group of characters, such as a number or a word, appended to a particular statement in a program to allow its unique identification
- chem a radioactive element used in a compound to trace the mechanism of a chemical reaction
- to fasten a label to
- to mark with a label
- to describe or classify in a word or phraseto label someone a liar
- to make (one or more atoms in a compound) radioactive, for use in determining the mechanism of a reaction
Word Origin and History for labeling
c.1300, "narrow band or strip of cloth" (oldest use is as a technical term in heraldry), from Old French label, lambel "ribbon, fringe worn on clothes" (13c., Modern French lambeau "strip, rag, shred, tatter"), possibly from Frankish *labba or some other Germanic source (cf. Old High German lappa "flap"), from Proto-Germanic *lapp- (see lap (n.)).
Later "dangling strip of cloth or ribbon used as an ornament in dress," "strip attached to a document to hold a seal" (both early 15c.), and with a general meaning "tag, sticker, slip of paper" (1670s). Meaning "circular piece of paper in the center of a gramophone record" (1907), containing information about the recorded music, led to meaning "a recording company" (1947).
"to affix a label to," c.1600, see label (n.); figurative sense of "to categorize" is from 1853. Related: Labeled; labeling; labelled; labelling.
- See tracer.