Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Anatomy Either of two fleshy folds that surround the opening of the mouth.
  • n. A structure or part that encircles or bounds an orifice, as:
  • n. Anatomy A labium.
  • n. The margin of flesh around a wound.
  • n. Either of the margins of the aperture of a gastropod shell.
  • n. A rim, as of a vessel, bell, or crater.
  • n. Botany One of the two divisions of a bilabiate corolla or calyx, as in the snapdragon, or the modified upper petal of an orchid flower.
  • n. The tip of a pouring spout, as on a pitcher.
  • n. Slang Insolent talk.
  • transitive v. To touch the lips to.
  • transitive v. To kiss.
  • transitive v. To utter.
  • transitive v. To lap or splash against.
  • transitive v. Sports To hit a golf ball so that it touches the edge of (the hole) without dropping in.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Either of the two fleshy protrusions around the opening of the mouth.
  • n. A part of the body that resembles a lip, such as the edge of a wound or the labia.
  • n. The rim of an open container.
  • n. backtalk, verbal impertinence.
  • v. To touch with the lips, notably kiss or lick, lap the lips against something
  • v. To utter verbally
  • v. To simulate speech merely by lip-movement, as suffices for a lip-reader
  • v. to make a golf ball hit the lip of the cup, without dropping in

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.
  • n. An edge of an opening; a thin projecting part of anything; a kind of short open spout.
  • n. The sharp cutting edge on the end of an auger.
  • n.
  • n. One of the two opposite divisions of a labiate corolla.
  • n. One of the edges of the aperture of a univalve shell.
  • n. Impudent or abusive talk.
  • transitive v. To touch with the lips; to put the lips to; hence, to kiss.
  • transitive v. To utter; to speak.
  • transitive v. To clip; to trim.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To touch with the lip or lips, as in kissing; reach with the lip or border.
  • To utter with the lips; speak.
  • To notch, as the edge of a sword or knife.
  • In music, to apply one's lips to the mouthpiece of a metal wind-instrument so as to produce tones; also, to use one's lips in some particular manner: as, to lip well or badly.
  • In machinery, to flange; turn over a lip on (a piece of sheet-metal).
  • To lap; touch the edge of (anything) with a slight rippling sound.
  • To project in the form of abroad tab or lip.
  • To have an irregularity of the surface caused by overlapping of molds: said of a casting.
  • n. One of the two edges or borders of the mouth; one of the two fleshy or muscular parts composing the opening of the mouth in man and many other animals, and covering the teeth.
  • n. plural Figuratively, the organs of speech as represented by the lips; speech or utterance as passing between the lips and aided by them.
  • n. Impudent or abusive talk.
  • n. Anything resembling a lip in position or relation; the edge or border of anything; a margin: as, the lip of a vessel; the lips of a wound.
  • n. In botany: Either of the divisions of a bilabiate corolla.
  • n. In orchids, one of the petals differing from the other two in shape. It is really the upper, but by a half-twist of the ovary has become as if anterior or lower.
  • n. In zoology, any lip-like part or organ. See labium and labrum for technical usages.
  • n. In a lip-auger, the blade at the end which cuts the chip after it has been circumscribed by the spur.
  • n. In a turbine water-wheel, a rim which closes the joint between the barrel and the curb.
  • n. In a vehicle, a projecting part of the bolster; a cuttoo-plate.
  • n. In organ-building, one of the flat vertical surfaces above or below the mouth of a flue-pipe, called respectively the upper lip and the lower lip.
  • n. In music, the power or facility of adjusting one's lips to the mouthpiece of a metal wind-instrument so as to produce tones; embouchure.
  • n. In zoology: In the Blastoidea, one of the distal ends of the radial sinuses.
  • n. In the Gastropoda, the outer or thickened inner margin of the aperture of the shell.
  • n. In metallurgy, the part of a ladle or forehearth over which the metal flows.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. either the outer margin or the inner margin of the aperture of a gastropod's shell
  • n. (botany) either of the two parts of a bilabiate corolla or calyx
  • n. an impudent or insolent rejoinder
  • n. either of two fleshy folds of tissue that surround the mouth and play a role in speaking
  • n. the top edge of a vessel or other container

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English lippa; see leb- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English lippe, from Old English lippa, lippe ("lip"), from Proto-Germanic *lepjōn (“lip”), from Proto-Indo-European *leb- (“to hang loosely, droop, sag”). Cognate with Eastern Frisian lip ("lip"), Dutch lip ("lip"), German Lippe and Lefze ("lip"), Swedish läpp ("lip"), Norwegian leppe ("lip"), Latin labium ("lip"), Russian лобзать (lobzat', "to kiss"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • A cleft lip (or ‘hare lip’) is an opening or gap in the upper lip, often connecting to the nostril.

    1) Head Control and Use of Senses

  • The drinking-horn goes round from shadowy lip to lip—

    The Shadow House of Lugh

  • A lip -- _a lip_ -- and 'what a deal of scorn looks beautiful on it,' when once you get to see it.

    The Philosophy of the Plays of Shakspere Unfolded

  • Social conservatives for months have complained about what they call lip service from the Bush White House, congressional Republicans, and the leading GOP presidential hopefuls.

    CNN Transcript Oct 1, 2007

  • Social conservatives for months have complained about what they call lip service from the Bush White House, Congressional Republicans and the leading GOP presidential hopefuls.

    CNN Transcript Oct 1, 2007

  • These Christian conservatives say their own heroes, George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan, let them down, paid what they called lip service to their big issues and did not deliver in office.

    CNN Transcript Oct 19, 2007

  • KING (on camera): Many social conservatives complain of what they call lip service from the candidates for president but Senator Thompson tells CNN that over time he is sure he will convince them that a President Thompson will not push for a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage but also push aggressively to overturn the Supreme Court's landmark Roe versus Wade abortions rights decision.

    CNN Transcript Aug 18, 2007

  • KING (on camera): Many social conservatives complain of what they call lip service from the candidates for president.

    CNN Transcript Aug 17, 2007

  • Social conservatives for months have complained about what they call lip service from the Bush White House, congressional Republicans and the leading GOP presidential hopefuls.

    CNN Transcript Oct 1, 2007

  • These Christian conservatives say their own heroes, George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan, let them down, paid what they called lip service to their big issues, then did not deliver in office.

    CNN Transcript Oct 19, 2007

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  • (n): in figure skating, a portmanteau of "lutz" and "flip", for an improperly executed flip jump, where the inside take-off edge is mistakenly changed to an outside edge, making it a lutz jump.
    cf. flutz

    January 16, 2009