Lip Lip (l[i^]p), n. [OE. lippe, AS. lippa; akin to D. lip, G. lippe, lefze, OHG. lefs, Dan. l[ae]be, Sw. l["a]pp, 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. [1913 Webster]

Thine own lips testify against thee. --Job xv. 6. [1913 Webster]

2. An edge of an opening; a thin projecting part of anything; a kind of short open spout; as, the lip of a vessel. [1913 Webster]

3. The sharp cutting edge on the end of an auger. [1913 Webster]

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}. [1913 Webster]

5. (Zo["o]l.) One of the edges of the aperture of a univalve shell. [1913 Webster]

6. Impudent or abusive talk; as, don't give me any of your lip. [Slang]

Syn: jaw. [1913 Webster]

{Lip bit}, a pod auger. See {Auger}.

{Lip comfort}, comfort that is given with words only.

{Lip comforter}, one who comforts with words only.

{Lip labor}, unfelt or insincere speech; hypocrisy. --Bale.

{Lip reading}, the catching of the words or meaning of one speaking by watching the motion of his lips without hearing his voice. --Carpenter.

{Lip salve}, a salve for sore lips.

{Lip service}, expression by the lips of obedience and devotion without the performance of acts suitable to such sentiments.

{Lip wisdom}, wise talk without practice, or unsupported by experience.

{Lip work}. (a) Talk. (b) Kissing. [Humorous] --B. Jonson.

{To make a lip}, to drop the under lip in sullenness or contempt. --Shak.

{To shoot out the lip} (Script.), to show contempt by protruding the lip. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

(of the mouth, etc.)

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  • lip — [lip] n. [ME lippe < OE lippa, akin to MDu lippe < IE base * leb , to hang loosely, lip > L labes, a falling, labium, lip] 1. either of the two fleshy folds forming the edges of the mouth 2. anything like a lip, as in structure or in… …   English World dictionary

  • lip — W2 [lıp] n [: Old English; Origin: lippa] 1.) one of the two soft parts around your mouth where your skin is redder or darker upper/lower/top/bottom lip ▪ His bottom lip was swollen. ▪ She had big eyes and full lips (=large and round lips) . ▪… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • lip — [ lıp ] noun *** 1. ) count one of the two edges that form the top and bottom parts of your mouth: His thin red lips stretched into a smile. 2. ) count the place on the edge of a glass or container where you pour out liquid: Careful, the lip of… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Lip- — vor Konsonanten auch Lipo [griech. lípos = Speck]: Bestimmungswort von Zus. mit der Bed. »Fett«. * * * lip , Lip : ↑ lipo , Lipo . * * * lip , Lip : ↑lipo , ↑Lipo . li|po , Li|po , (vor Vokalen auch:) lip …   Universal-Lexikon

  • lip — ► NOUN 1) either of the two fleshy parts forming the edges of the mouth opening. 2) the edge of a hollow container or an opening. 3) informal impudent talk. 4) another term for LABIUM(Cf. ↑labium). ► VERB ▪ (of water) lap a …   English terms dictionary

  • lip- — lip(o) élément, du gr. lipos, graisse . ⇒LIP(O) , (LIP , LIPO )élém. formant I. Élém. tiré du gr. ( ) , de « graisse, corps gras », entrant dans la constr. de subst. et d adj. appartenant notamment à la biol. et à la méd. A. [Le 2e élém. n est… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Lip — Lip, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Lipped} (l[i^]pt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Lipping} ( p[i^]ng).] 1. To touch with the lips; to put the lips to; hence, to kiss. [1913 Webster] The bubble on the wine which breaks Before you lip the glass. Praed. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lip — Lip, v. t. To clip; to trim. [Obs.] Holland. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lip — Lip: Abk. für ↑ Liponsäure.   Lip(S2): Abk. für ↑ Liponsäure …   Universal-Lexikon

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