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label

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noun la·bel \ˈlā-bəl\

Simple Definition of label

  • : a piece of paper, cloth, or similar material that is attached to something to identify or describe it

  • : a word or phrase that describes or identifies something or someone

  • : a company that produces musical recordings

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of label

  1. 1 archaic :  band, fillet; specifically :  one attached to a document to hold an appended seal

  2. 2 :  a heraldic charge that consists of a narrow horizontal band with usually three pendants

  3. 3 a :  a slip (as of paper or cloth) inscribed and affixed to something for identification or description b :  written or printed matter accompanying an article to furnish identification or other information c :  a descriptive or identifying word or phrase: as (1) :  epithet (2) :  a word or phrase used with a dictionary definition to provide additional information d :  a usually radioactive isotope used in labeling

  4. 4 :  an adhesive stamp (as for postage or revenue)

  5. 5 a (1) :  a brand of commercial recordings issued under a usually trademarked name (2) :  a recording so issued (3) :  a company issuing such recordings b :  the brand name of a retail store selling clothing, a clothing manufacturer, or a fashion designer

Examples of label in a sentence

  1. The name is prominently displayed on the label.

  2. You should read the warning label before you take any medicine.

  3. The word was given the label obsolete.

  4. Some people describe him as selfish, but he doesn't deserve that label.

  5. Once you give people labels, it's hard to see them as individuals.

  6. The band has made records for several different labels in their career.



Origin and Etymology of label

Middle English, from Anglo-French labelle


First Known Use: 14th century


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label

verb la·bel

Simple Definition of label

  • : to put a word or name on something to describe or identify it : to attach a label to (something)

  • : to name or describe (someone or something) in a specified way : to give a label to (someone or something)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of label

labeled

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labelled

labeling

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labelling

play \ˈlā-b(ə-)liŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to affix a label to b :  to describe or designate with or as if with a label

  3. 2 a :  to distinguish (an element or atom) by using an isotope distinctive in some manner (as in mass or radioactivity) b :  to distinguish (as a compound or cell) by introducing a traceable constituent (as a dye or labeled atom)

labelable

play \ˈlā-bə-lə-bəl\ adjective

labeler

play \ˈlā-b(ə-)lər\ noun

Examples of label in a sentence

  1. Be sure to carefully label the switches so that you don't confuse them.

  2. He labels his photographs with the date and place they were taken.



1601

First Known Use of label

1601



LABEL Defined for Kids

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label

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noun la·bel \ˈlā-bəl\

Definition of label for Students

  1. 1 :  a slip (as of paper or cloth) attached to something to identify or describe it

  2. 2 :  a word or phrase that describes or names something or someone <a part-of-speech label>




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label

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verb la·bel

Definition of label for Students

labeled

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labelled

labeling

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labelling

  1. 1 :  to put a word or words on (something) to identify or describe it <Be sure to label your belongings.>

  2. 2 :  to name or describe with or as if with a label <The team was labeled “the Dream Team.”>




Medical Dictionary

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label

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noun la·bel \ˈlā-bəl\

Medical Definition of label

  1. :  a usually radioactive isotope used in labeling




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label

transitive verb la·bel

Medical Definition of label

labeled

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labelled

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labeling

or

labelling

\ˈlā-b(ə-)liŋ\play
  1. 1:  to distinguish (an element or atom) by using an isotope distinctive in some manner (as in mass or radioactivity) for tracing through chemical reactions or biological processes

  2. 2:  to distinguish (as a compound or cell) by introducing a traceable constituent (as a dye or labeled atom)





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