|a. either of the two fleshy folds surrounding the mouth, playing an important role in the production of speech sounds, retaining food in the mouth, etcRelated: labial|
|b. (as modifier): lip salve|
|2.||the corresponding part in animals, esp mammals|
|3.||any structure resembling a lip, such as the rim of a crater, the margin of a gastropod shell, etc|
|4.||labium a nontechnical word for labellum|
|5.||slang impudent talk or backchat|
|6.||the embouchure and control in the lips needed to blow wind and brass instruments|
|7.||bite one's lip|
|a. to stifle one's feelings|
|b. to be annoyed or irritated|
|8.||slang button one's lip, button up one's lip to stop talking: often imperative|
|9.||keep a stiff upper lip to maintain one's courage or composure during a time of trouble without giving way to or revealing one's emotions|
|10.||lick one's lips, smack one's lips to anticipate or recall something with glee or relish|
|—vb , lips, lipping, lipped|
|11.||(tr) to touch with the lip or lips|
|12.||(tr) to form or be a lip or lips for|
|13.||rare (tr) to murmur or whisper|
|14.||(intr) to use the lips in playing a wind instrument|
|[Old English lippa; related to Old High German leffur, Norwegian lepe, Latin labium]|
Either of two fleshy folds that surround the opening of the mouth.
A liplike structure bounding or encircling a bodily cavity or groove.
besides its literal sense (Isa. 37:29, etc.), is used in the original (saphah) metaphorically for an edge or border, as of a cup (1 Kings 7:26), a garment (Ex. 28:32), a curtain (26:4), the sea (Gen. 22:17), the Jordan (2 Kings 2:13). To "open the lips" is to begin to speak (Job 11:5); to "refrain the lips" is to keep silence (Ps. 40:9; 1 Pet. 3:10). The "fruit of the lips" (Heb. 13:15) is praise, and the "calves of the lips" thank-offerings (Hos. 14:2). To "shoot out the lip" is to manifest scorn and defiance (Ps. 22:7). Many similar forms of expression are found in Scripture.