lip

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 being an edge, rim, or margin; specif.,
a) the edge of a wound
b) the projecting rim of a pitcher, cup, etc.
c) the edge of the mouthpiece of a wind instrument
d) the edge on either side of the sound-producing opening of an organ flue pipe
e) the cutting edge of any of certain tools
f) Anat. LABIUM
g) Bot. a lip-shaped corolla, calyx, or petal, as in a mint or an orchid
h) LABELLUM
3. the position and use of the lips in playing a wind instrument; embouchure
4. Slang impertinent or insolent talk
vt.
lipped, lipping
1. to touch with the lips; specif.,
a) to place the lips in the proper position for playing (a wind instrument)
b) Archaic to kiss
2. to utter, esp. softly
3. Golf to come just to the edge of (the cup): said of the ball
adj.
1. Phonet. articulated with a lip or the lips; labial: not widely used as a technical term [a lip consonant]
2. of or for the lips
3. from the lips only; spoken, but insincere
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bite one's lip
to keep back one's anger, annoyance, etc.
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hang on the lips of
to listen to with close attention
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☆ keep a stiff upper lip
Informal to avoid becoming frightened or discouraged under difficulties
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smack one's lips
to express great satisfaction in anticipating or remembering something pleasant
lipless
adj.

English World dictionary. . 2014.

Synonyms:
(of the mouth, etc.)


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