Label meaning

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To attach a label to.

Labeled the jars before storing them.

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To identify or designate with a descriptive term; describe or classify.
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A descriptive word or phrase applied to a person, group, theory, etc. as a convenient generalized classification.
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An identifying brand, as of a company producing recorded music.
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(chemistry) To add a tracer to (a compound).
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(heraldry) A horizontal bar with several dependent points, on the coat of arms of an eldest son.
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To attach a label to; mark with a label.
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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.
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A card, strip of paper, etc. marked and attached to an object to indicate its nature, contents, ownership, destination, etc.
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(archit.) A projecting molding over a door, window, etc.
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(1) A made-up name that is assigned to a file, field or other data structure.
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A distinctive name or trademark identifying a product or manufacturer, especially a recording company.
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(architecture) A molding over a door or window; a dripstone.
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(heraldry) A figure in a field consisting of a narrow horizontal bar with several pendants.
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To classify as; call or describe, specif. in a way that stereotypes.
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A descriptive term; an epithet.
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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."

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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.
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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.
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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.

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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".

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A company that sells records.

The label signed the band after hearing a demo tape.

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(computing) A user-defined alias for a numerical designation, the reverse of an enumeration.

Storage devices can be given by label or ID.

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(computing) A named place in source code that can be jumped to using a GOTO or equivalent construct.
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(heraldry) A charge resembling the strap crossing the horse’s chest from which pendants are hung.
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A piece of writing added to something, such as a codicil appended to a will.
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A brass rule with sights, formerly used with a circumferentor to take altitudes.

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(architecture) The projecting moulding by the sides, and over the tops, of openings in mediaeval architecture.

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In mediaeval art, the representation of a band or scroll containing an inscription.

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To put a label (a ticket or sign) on (something).

The shop assistant labeled all the products in the shop.

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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.

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Origin of label

  • Middle English ornamental strip of cloth from Old French probably of Germanic origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary