- The definition of a label is something used to describe a person or thing.
- An example of a label is a piece of fabric sewn into the collar of a shirt giving the size, what the shirt is made of and where the shirt was made.
- An example of a label is a father introducing one of his sons as "the smart one."
A label in a shirt.
- a narrow band of cloth, etc.; fillet
- a narrow strip of ribbon attached to a document to hold the seal
- a card, strip of paper, etc. marked and attached to an object to indicate its nature, contents, ownership, destination, etc.
- a descriptive word or phrase applied to a person, group, theory, etc. as a convenient generalized classification
- ☆ an identifying brand, as of a company producing recorded music
- a company producing and distributing prerecorded discs, tapes, etc.
- such a tape, disc, etc.
- tracer ()
- Archit. a projecting molding over a door, window, etc.
- Heraldry a horizontal bar with several dependent points on the coat of arms of an eldest son
Origin of labelOld French a rag, strip ; from Frankish an unverified form labba, akin to Old High German lappa, a rag, shred: for Indo-European base see lap
transitive verblabeled or labelled, labeling or labelling
- to attach a label to; mark with a label
- to classify as; call; describe
- to differentiate (an element, atom, etc.) by introducing a radioactive isotope or an isotope of unusual mass that may be readily traced through a complex process
- to incorporate a labeled element into (a molecule, compound, material, etc.)
- An item used to identify something or someone, as a small piece of paper or cloth attached to an article to designate its origin, owner, contents, use, or destination.
- A descriptive term; an epithet.
- A distinctive name or trademark identifying a product or manufacturer, especially a recording company.
- Architecture A molding over a door or window; a dripstone.
- Heraldry A figure in a field consisting of a narrow horizontal bar with several pendants.
- Chemistry See tracer.
transitive verbla·beled, la·bel·ing, la·bels or la·belled or la·bel·ling
- To attach a label to: labeled the jars before storing them.
- To identify or designate with a descriptive term; describe or classify: “He missed two crucial penalty kicks &ellipsis; and was labeled a loser by the previously loyal British press” (Phil Ball).
- Chemistry To add a tracer to (a compound).
Origin of labelMiddle English, ornamental strip of cloth, from Old French, probably of Germanic origin.
- la′bel·er, la′bel·ler
- A small ticket or sign giving information about something to which it is attached or intended to be attached.
- We laughed at her because the label was still on her new sweater.
- The label says this silk scarf should not be washed in the washing machine.
- Although the label priced this poster at three pounds, I got it for two.
- A name given to something or someone to categorise them as part of a particular social group.
- Ever since he started going to the rock club, he's been given the label "waster".
- A company that sells records.
- The label signed the band after hearing a demo tape.
- (computing) A user-defined alias for a numerical designation, the reverse of an enumeration.
- Storage devices can be given by label or ID.
- (computing) A named place in source code that can be jumped to using a GOTO or equivalent construct.
- (heraldry) A charge resembling the strap crossing the horse’s chest from which pendants are hung.
- A piece of writing added to something, such as a codicil appended to a will.
- A brass rule with sights, formerly used with a circumferentor to take altitudes.
- (architecture) The projecting moulding by the sides, and over the tops, of openings in mediaeval architecture.
- In mediaeval art, the representation of a band or scroll containing an inscription.
(third-person singular simple present labels, present participle labelling (UK, some US) or labeling (US), simple past and past participle labelled (UK, some US) or labeled (US))
- To put a label (a ticket or sign) on (something).
- The shop assistant labeled all the products in the shop.
- To give a label to (someone or something) in order to categorise that person or thing.
- He's been unfairly labeled as a cheat, although he's only ever cheated once.
From Middle English label (“narrow band, strip of cloth”), from Old French label, lambel (Modern French: lambeau), from Old Frankish *labba (“torn piece of cloth”), from Proto-Germanic *lappōn, *lappô (“cloth stuff, rag, scraps, flap, dewlap, lobe, rabbit ear”), from Proto-Indo-European *leb- (“blade”). Cognate with Old High German lappa (“rag, piece of cloth”), Old English læppa (“skirt, flap of a garment”). More at lap.
label - Computer Definition
- A set of data attached to and providing identification or other information relative to a larger data unit, such as a packet or message. See also packet and message.
- In Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS), the set of data attached to a packet and used by a Label Switched Router (LSR) to select a link across which to forward that packet. The initial packet is inserted by a Label Edge Router (LER). Each LER along the path swaps the label associated with the incoming packet for a new label associated with the outgoing packet to be used by the adjacent downstream router in making the next link selection. See also downstream, LER, link, LSR, MPLS, packet, and router.
(1) A made-up name that is assigned to a file, field or other data structure.
(2) Any descriptive text entered into a spreadsheet cell as a page, column or row heading.
(3) In programming, a made-up name used to identify a variable or a subroutine.
(4) A self-sticking form attached to the outside of a disk or tape for identification.
(5) In magnetic tape files, a record used for identification at the beginning or end of the file.
(6) An external DOS/Windows command that names a disk (volume label). The name can be up to 11 characters long with spaces. The following example names the C: drive "Kingston SSD:" label c:Kingston SSD