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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n lip either the outer margin or the inner margin of the aperture of a gastropod's shell
    • n lip the top edge of a vessel or other container
    • n lip either of two fleshy folds of tissue that surround the mouth and play a role in speaking
    • n lip an impudent or insolent rejoinder "don't give me any of your sass"
    • n lip (botany) either of the two parts of a bilabiate corolla or calyx
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There's many a slip 'twixt cup and lip There's many a slip 'twixt cup and lip

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: During the era of Louis XIV, women used lemons to redden their lips
    • Lip An edge of an opening; a thin projecting part of anything; a kind of short open spout; as, the lip of a vessel.
    • Lip Impudent or abusive talk; as, don't give me any of your lip .
    • Lip (Zoöl) One of the edges of the aperture of a univalve shell.
    • Lip 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. "Thine own lips testify against thee."
    • Lip (Bot) One of the two opposite divisions of a labiate corolla.
    • Lip The sharp cutting edge on the end of an auger.
    • v. t Lip To clip; to trim.
    • Lip To touch with the lips; to put the lips to; hence, to kiss. "The bubble on the wine which breaks
      Before you lip the glass."
      "A hand that kings
      Have lipped and trembled kissing."
    • Lip To utter; to speak.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The unique characteristics of Barbie dolls in Japan are that they have their lips closed with no teeth showing
    • n lip One of the two edges or borders of the mouth; one of the two fleshy or muscular parts composing the opening of the mouth in man and many other animals, and covering the teeth.
    • n lip plural Figuratively, the organs of speech as represented by the lips; speech or utterance as passing between the lips and aided by them.
    • n lip Impudent or abusive talk.
    • n lip Anything resembling a lip in position or relation; the edge or border of anything; a margin: as, the lip of a vessel; the lips of a wound.
    • n lip In botany: Either of the divisions of a bilabiate corolla. The two are distinguished as upper (the superior or posterior, next the axis) and lower (the inferior or anterior, away from the axis).
    • n lip In orchids, one of the petals differing from the other two in shape. It is really the upper, but by a half-twist of the ovary has become as if anterior or lower.
    • n lip In zoology, any lip-like part or organ. See labium and labrum for technical usages.
    • n lip In a lip-auger, the blade at the end which cuts the chip after it has been circumscribed by the spur.
    • n lip In a turbine water-wheel, a rim which closes the joint between the barrel and the curb.
    • n lip In a vehicle, a projecting part of the bolster; a cuttoo-plate.
    • n lip In organ-building, one of the flat vertical surfaces above or below the mouth of a flue-pipe, called respectively the upper lip and the lower lip. The upper lip is always sharp-edged, and the current of air in the pipe is so directed against it as to be thrown into vibration. See pipe and organ.
    • n lip In music, the power or facility of adjusting one's lips to the mouthpiece of a metal wind-instrument so as to produce tones; embouchure. Since the pitch and quality of tones produced upon such instruments depend upon the strength, endurance, and flexibility of the player's lips, the term is used in a general sense to indicate his method and style.
    • lip To touch with the lip or lips, as in kissing; reach with the lip or border.
    • lip To utter with the lips; speak.
    • lip To notch, as the edge of a sword or knife.
    • lip In music, to apply one's lips to the mouthpiece of a metal wind-instrument so as to produce tones; also, to use one's lips in some particular manner: as, to lip well or badly.
    • n lip In zoology: In the Blastoidea, one of the distal ends of the radial sinuses.
    • n lip In the Gastropoda, the outer or thickened inner margin of the aperture of the shell.
    • n lip In metallurgy, the part of a ladle or forehearth over which the metal flows.
    • lip In machinery, to flange; turn over a lip on (a piece of sheet-metal).
    • lip To lap; touch the edge of (anything) with a slight rippling sound.
    • lip To project in the form of abroad tab or lip.
    • lip To have an irregularity of the surface caused by overlapping of molds: said of a casting.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Ancient Egyptians kissed with their noses instead of with their lips
    • n Lip lip the muscular border in front of the teeth by which things are taken into the mouth; the edge of anything: :
    • v.t Lip to touch with the lips: to utter with the lips
    • v.i Lip to apply the lips to the mouthpiece of an instrument
    • n Lip lip (slang) impudent talk, insolence
    • n Lip lip (pl.) speech as passing through the lips
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  • Earl Pitts
    Earl Pitts
    “The boy was as useless as rubber lips on a woodpecker.”
  • Francis Bacon
    “Atheism is rather in the lip than in the heart of man.”
  • Oliver Goldsmith
    “You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.”
  • Matthew Arnold
    “Truth sits upon the lips of dying men.”
  • Sir Philip Sidney
    “All is but lip-wisdom which wants experience.”
  • Bible
    “Let another praise you and not your own mouth, a stranger and not your own lips.”


Bite your lip - If you have to bite your lip, you have to make a conscious effort not to react or to keep quiet about something that displeases you.
Button your lip - If you button your lip, you keep quiet and don't speak. It is also used as a way of telling someone to shut up.
Close lipped - A person who is reluctant to talk about a specific subject is close lipped.
From your lips to God's ears - When you say this to someone, it means that you hope what they are saying will come true.
Lip service - When people pay lip service to something, they express their respect, but they don't act on their words, so the respect is hollow and empty.
Loose lips sink ships - To have loose lips means to have a big mouth, susceptible to talking about everything and everyone. Sinking ships refers to anything from small acquaintances to long and hearty relationships (with friends or a significant other). So when one says loose lips sink ships, one is basically saying if you can't shut up you are going to end hurting people, usually psychologically or emotionally.Loose lips sink ships comes from World War I and/or WWII, when sailors on leave from their ships might talk about what ship they sailed on or where it had come from, or where it was going. If they talked too much (had 'loose lips') they might accidentally provide the enemy with anecdotal information that might later cause their ship to be tracked, and bombed and sunk, hence 'Loose lips sink ships.' Later, it came to mean any excessive talk might sabotage a project.
Many a slip twixt cup and lip - There's many a slip twixt cup and lip means that many things can go wrong before something is achieved.
Stiff upper lip - (UK) If you keep your emotions to yourself and don't let others know how you feel when something bad happens, you keep a stiff upper lip.
Zip your lip - If someone tells you to zip your lip, they want to to shut up or keep quiet about something. ('Zip it' is also used.)


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. lippe, AS. lippa,; akin to D. lip, G. lippe, lefze, OHG. lefs, Dan. læbe, Sw. läpp, L. labium, labrum,. Cf. Labial
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. lippa; Dut. lip, Ger. lippe, L. labium, not conn. with L. lambĕre, Eng. lap.


In literature:

His lips whitened, but he smiled faintly.
"'Firebrand' Trevison" by Charles Alden Seltzer
Now she could lie on the couch, her head on her hand, her eyes burning and watch his lips move.
"Fantazius Mallare" by Ben Hecht
Buck glanced over one shoulder at the flying dust-cloud and pursed his lips.
"Shoe-Bar Stratton" by Joseph Bushnell Ames
But as she turned with praise on her lips, Evelyn leaned eagerly towards her.
"Captain Desmond, V.C." by Maud Diver
And when she held a cup to his lips and saw how greedily he drank, a little sob broke unexpectedly from her lips.
"The Ranch at the Wolverine" by B. M. Bower
Before her rose her world of yesterday, and a sudden apology leapt to her lips.
"Rose O'Paradise" by Grace Miller White
Her mouth was fuller, but her lips had the chiseled shape of Nicetas's lips.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
He drew her against him with the motion and kissed her square on the lips.
"Tharon of Lost Valley" by Vingie E. Roe
She bit her lip and held back the angry words.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
Words were upon his lips; his eyes flashed, his lips parted; then he checked himself, and was silent.
"The First Violin" by Jessie Fothergill

In poetry:

His pipe between his lips;
Still, dreaming, seems to see
The lost and lovely ships
That no one sees but he.
"The Ships He Served Of Old" by Cicely Fox Smith
Shining bright, fair of skin,
Lovely the look of her eyes,
Sweet the speech of her lips,
She has not a word too much.
"Sister Without Peer" by Anonymous Africas
"Here's your papa, my precious one;--
A penny for you!"--ah!
A dream still moves the baby-lips:
"O, where is my papa!"
"My Boy" by Morris Rosenfeld
That fearful stranger! down he sat,
Unasked, yet undismayed;
And on his lip a rising smile
Of scorn or pleasure played.
"The Mysterious Visitor" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
How will my lips rejoice to tell
The vict'ries of my King!
My soul, redeemed from sin and hell,
Shall thy salvation sing.
"Psalm 71 part 2" by Isaac Watts
My thankful lips shall loud proclaim
The wonders of thy praise,
And spread the savor of thy name
Where'er I spend my days.
"Hymn 44 part 2" by Isaac Watts

In news:

A lip tint with benefits.
To help address the loss of grasslands and associated at-risk species, the LIP was created as a partnership between DEC and private landowners since the vast majority of grasslands are privately owned.
He lip-synchs and dances at Circuit and is working with a producer to record original songs.
Flaming Lips perform for SPIN25 in July 2010 / Photo by Ben Rowland.
Ocean' Lip Sync 'All I Want For Christmas.
Trap Door Theatre's The Word Progress on my Mother's Lips Doesn't Ring True.
During the mid 80's I decided let my upper lip friend grow wild.
Photo Illustration By Ryan Lips.
"Face, neck, eyes and lip peel, to be precise," she wrote.
1 hit "Call Me Maybe" a thousand times better by having its shirtless male models from all around the globe lip sync the song.
The Jets like to bill themselves as a transparent organization, but they've become tight-lipped with regard to their plans for Tim Tebow.
INTERVIEWS Flaming Lips Officially Have Icky Blood Vinyl For Sale.
"No, it's a drink for grown-ups," springs to your lips.
Eastern Wayne head coach Bubba Williams is notoriously tight-lipped about his team.
They then slowly worked their way towards each other and locked lips as the crowed cheered.

In science:

Let Lipφ be defined by Lipφ : θ −→ lim supr→0 rφ (θ, r)/r .
Quasiconformal Rigidity of Negatively Curved Three Manifolds
The path length is Lp = Lip +Ljp with Lip = |~ri − ~rp |, Ljp = |~rj − ~rp |.
Semiclassical Construction of Random Wave Functions for Confined Systems
We shall call ρ a special metric on Rd , corresponding to R (in which case R is always assumed to be a positive Lip(1) function).
Random complex zeroes, II. Perturbed lattice
We will prove that the groups QC(Sn ) and LIP(Sn ) (n ≥ 2) are simple.
Simplicity of QC(S^n) and LIP(S^n)
Let QC(Sn ) and LIP(Sn ) denote the orientation preserving quasiconformal and bilipschitz homeomorphisms of Sn respectively (We will implicitly assume throughout that the dimension n is greater than 1).
Simplicity of QC(S^n) and LIP(S^n)