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1a small piece of paper, fabric, plastic, or similar material attached to an object and giving information about it. a piece of fabric sewn inside a garment and bearing the brand name, size, or instructions for care. the piece of paper in the center of a phonograph record giving the artist and title. a company that produces recorded music:independent labels the name or trademark of a fashion company:she plans to launch her own designer clothes label a classifying phrase or name applied to a person or thing, especially one that is inaccurate or restrictive:my reluctance to stick a label on myself politically (in a dictionary entry) a word or words used to specify the subject area, register, or geographical origin of the word being defined. Computing a string of characters used to refer to a particular instruction in a program. Biology
& Chemistry a radioactive isotope, fluorescent dye, or enzyme used to make something identifiable for study.
2 Heraldry a narrow horizontal strip, typically with three downward projections, that is superimposed on a coat of arms by an eldest son during the life of his father.
verb (labels, labeling, labeled ; Britishlabels, labelling, labelled) [with object]
attach a label to (something):she labeled the parcels neatly, writing the addresses in capital letters assign to a category, especially inaccurately or restrictively:children were labeled as bullies [with object and complement]:the critics labeled him a loser Biology
& Chemistry make (a substance, molecule, or cell) identifiable or traceable by replacing an atom with one of a distinctive radioactive isotope, or by attaching a fluorescent dye, enzyme, or other molecule.