[ ley-buh l ]
/ ˈleɪ bəl /
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.
verb (used with object), la·beled, la·bel·ing or (especially British) la·belled, la·bel·ling.
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.
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Origin of label
1275–1325; Middle English < Middle French: ribbon, perhaps < Germanic. See lap1
OTHER WORDS FROM label
la·bel·er, nounnon·la·bel·ing, adjective, nounnon·la·bel·ling, adjective, nounpre·la·bel, noun, verb (used with object), pre·la·beled, pre·la·bel·ing or (especially British) pre·la·belled, pre·la·bel·ling.
re·la·bel, verb (used with object), re·la·beled, re·la·bel·ing or (especially British) re·la·belled, re·la·bel·ling.un·la·beled, adjectiveun·la·belled, adjective
Words nearby label
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British Dictionary definitions for relabel
/ (ˈleɪbəl) /
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
verb -bels, -belling or -belled or US -bels, -beling or -beled (tr)
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
Derived forms of labellabeller, noun
Word Origin for label
C14: from Old French, from Germanic; compare Old High German lappa rag
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Scientific definitions for relabel
[ lā′bəl ]
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