- 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 labelling
One cannot deny that by labelling products, it creates an obvious next step that people then choose not to buy the goods at all.Stick a Label On It, Israel
October 16, 2012
What would you think of labelling such accommodations 'home?'Ester Ried Yet Speaking
Captain Bendire's method of labelling his nests is also shown in full.Taxidermy and Zoological Collecting
William T. Hornaday
So to give room for labelling, the brooch should be changed to a bracelet.
Who in the world of London had been labelling him as ironic?The Regent
E. Arnold Bennett
But that is no reason that we should immediately account for it by labelling it spiritism.Moon-Face and Other Stories
- 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 labelling
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.