Label definitions

lā'bəl
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 descriptive term; an epithet.
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A distinctive name or trademark identifying a product or manufacturer, especially a recording company.
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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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A molding over a door or window; a dripstone.
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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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A figure in a field consisting of a narrow horizontal bar with several pendants.
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An identifying brand, as of a company producing recorded music.
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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 projecting molding over a door, window, etc.
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To add a tracer to (a compound).
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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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To classify as; call or describe, specif. in a way that stereotypes.
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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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(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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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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(computing) A named place in source code that can be jumped to using a GOTO or equivalent construct.
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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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A company that sells records.

The label signed the band after hearing a demo tape.

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(heraldry) A charge resembling the strap crossing the horse’s chest from which pendants are hung.
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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 narrow band of cloth, etc.; fillet.
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A narrow strip of ribbon attached to a document to hold the seal.
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A company producing and distributing prerecorded discs, tapes, etc.
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Such a tape, disc, etc.
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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.
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To incorporate a labeled element into (a molecule, compound, material, etc.)
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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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(1) A made-up name that is assigned to a file, field or other data structure.
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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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Origin of label

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.