• (British, America) IPA: /ˈleɪbəl/

label (plural labels)

  1. A small ticket or sign giving information about something to which it is attached or intended to be attached.
    Synonyms: sign, tag, ticket
    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.
  2. A name given to something or someone to categorise them as part of a particular social group.
    Synonyms: category, pigeonhole
    Ever since he started going to the rock club, he's been given the label "waster".
  3. (music) A company that sells records.
    Synonyms: record label
    The label signed the band after hearing a demo tape.
  4. (computing) A user-defined alias for a numerical designation, the reverse of an enumeration.
    Storage devices can be given by label or ID.
  5. (computing) A named place in source code that can be jumped to using a GOTO or equivalent construct.
  6. (heraldiccharge) A charge resembling the strap crossing the horse’s chest from which pendants are hung.
    Synonyms: lambel
  7. (obsolete) A tassel.
  8. A piece of writing added to something, such as a codicil appended to a will.
  9. A brass rule with sights, formerly used with a circumferentor to take altitudes.
  10. (architecture) The projecting moulding by the sides, and over the tops, of openings in mediaeval architecture.
  11. In mediaeval art, the representation of a band or scroll containing an inscription.
  12. (graphical user interface) A non-interactive control or widget displaying text, often used to describe the purpose of another control.
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  • Portuguese: rótulo
  • Russian: ярлы́к

label (labels, present participle labelling; past and past participle labelled)

  1. (transitive) To put a label (a ticket or sign) on (something).
    The shop assistant labeled all the products in the shop.
  2. (ditransitive) 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.
  3. (biochemistry) To replace specific atoms by their isotope in order to track the presence or movement of this isotope through a reaction, metabolic pathway or cell.
  4. (biochemistry) To add a detectable substance, either transiently or permanently, to a biological substance in order to track the presence of the label-substance combination either in situ or in vitro
    • 2015, "Protein binder woes ↗" (editorial), Nature Methods, 12(5) (May): 373.
      They may be used to label and image a protein within tissue, to isolate cells on the basis of marker expression, or to physically capture a protein from a complex biological mixture....
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