Definition of "lip" []

  • Anatomy Either of two fleshy folds that surround the opening of the mouth. (noun)
  • A structure or part that encircles or bounds an orifice, as: (noun)
  • Anatomy A labium. (noun)
  • The margin of flesh around a wound. (noun)
  • Either of the margins of the aperture of a gastropod shell. (noun)
  • Either of the two fleshy folds surrounding the mouth, playing an important role in the production of speech sounds, retaining food in the mouth, etc (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • (as modifier) (noun)
  • The corresponding part in animals, esp mammals (noun)
  • Any structure resembling a lip, such as the rim of a crater, the margin of a gastropod shell, etc (noun)
  • Impudent talk or backchat (noun)
  • The embouchure and control in the lips needed to blow wind and brass instruments (noun)
  • To touch with the lip or lips (verb)
  • To form or be a lip or lips for (verb)
  • To murmur or whisper (verb)
  • To use the lips in playing a wind instrument (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "lip" in a sentence
  • "A cleft lip (or ‘hare lip’) is an opening or gap in the upper lip, often connecting to the nostril."
  • "The drinking-horn goes round from shadowy lip to lip—"
  • "A lip -- _a lip_ -- and 'what a deal of scorn looks beautiful on it,' when once you get to see it."