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lip Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun either of two fleshy folds of tissue that surround the mouth and play a role in speaking
  2. noun (botany) either of the two parts of a bilabiate corolla or calyx
  3. noun an impudent or insolent rejoinder
    sass; back talk; sassing; mouth; backtalk.
    • don't give me any of your sass
  4. noun the top edge of a vessel or other container
    rim; brim.
  5. noun either the outer margin or the inner margin of the aperture of a gastropod's shell

Lip noun
OE. lippe, AS. lippa; akin to D. lip, G. lippe, lefze, OHG. lefs, Dan. læbe, Sw. läpp, L. labium, labrum. Cf. Labial.
  1. One of the two fleshy folds which surround the orifice of the mouth in man and many other animals. In man the lips are organs of speech essential to certain articulations. Hence, by a figure they denote the mouth, or all the organs of speech, and sometimes speech itself.
    Thine own lips testify against thee. Jeb xv. 6.
  2. An edge of an opening; a thin projecting part of anything; a kind of short open spout; as, the lip of a vessel.
  3. The sharp cutting edge on the end of an auger.
  4. (Bot.) (a) One of the two opposite divisions of a labiate corolla. (b) The odd and peculiar petal in the Orchis family. See Orchidaceous.
  5. (Zoöl.) One of the edges of the aperture of a univalve shell.
Lip transitive verb
imperfect & past participle Lipped ; present participle & verbal noun Lipping
  1. To touch with the lips; to put the lips to; hence, to kiss.
    The bubble on the wine which breaks Before you lip the glass. Praed.
    A hand that kings Have lipped and trembled kissing. Shak.
  2. To utter; to speak. R. Keats.
Lip transitive verb
  1. To clip; to trim. Obs. Holland.

Webster 1913

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