labial definition

  • adjective:
    • Of or regarding the mouth or labia.
    • Linguistics Articulated primarily by shutting or partly shutting the mouth, because the noises (b), (m), or (w).
    • Of or regarding the mouth or labia
    • articulated because of the mouth, whilst the consonants b, m and w
    • Of an incisor or canine, quietly facing the mouth. See mesial.
    • Of or with respect to the lips or labia.
    • Furnished with lips.
    • Articulated, as a consonant, primarily by the mouth, as b, p, m, w.
    • Modified, as a vowel, by contraction of the lip opening, as � (f�d), ō (ōld), etc., and as eu and u in French, and ö, ü in German. See Guide to Pronunciation, §§ 11, 178.
    • Of or related to the labium. See Labium.
    • of or regarding the lips associated with mouth
    • regarding or near the female labium
  • noun:
    • Linguistics A labial consonant.
    • Songs See flue1.
    • a labial consonant
    • an organ pipeline having a lip that influences its sound
    • A letter or character representing an articulation or sound created or uttered chiefly using mouth, as b, p, w.
    • An organ pipe that is furnished with lips; a flue pipe.
    • one of several machines which border the lips of a fish or reptile.
    • A letter or character representing an articulate sound that speaking is followed by a proximate or total closure of the mouth.
    • In herpetology, one of some dishes or machines which lie along the edge of the mouth, particularly in Ophidia, those for the upper lip being the exceptional labials, those of the lower lip the inferior labials.
    • In entomology, one of the labial palpi.
    • a consonant whose articulation requires activity associated with the lips
  • others:
    • In structure and zoology, regarding the lips or even to a lip-like part; situated on or by a lip; having a lip-like character, as with form, place, or office: because, a labial vessel or neurological; a labial fold or process.
    • In entomology, regarding the labium, or lower lip of an insect.
    • created because of the lips, as a sound. See II., 1.
    • Offering forth shades from the influence of a stream of air upon a-sharp side or lip: put on music instruments like the flute or perhaps the flue-pipes of an organ.

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