World English Dictionary
label (ˈleɪbəl)
1.  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
2.  a brief descriptive phrase or term given to a person, group, school of thought, etc: the label "Romantic" is applied to many different kinds of poetry
3.  a word or phrase heading a piece of text to indicate or summarize its contents
4.  a trademark or company or brand name on certain goods, esp, formerly, on gramophone records
5.  another name for dripstone
6.  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
7.  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
8.  chem a radioactive element used in a compound to trace the mechanism of a chemical reaction
vb , -bels, -belling, -belled, -bels, -beling, -beled
9.  to fasten a label to
10.  to mark with a label
11.  to describe or classify in a word or phrase: to label someone a liar
12.  to make (one or more atoms in a compound) radioactive, for use in determining the mechanism of a reaction
[C14: from Old French, from Germanic; compare Old High German lappa rag]

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