1. 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. --Job xv. 6.
2. An edge of an opening; a thin projecting part of anything; a kind of short open spout; as, the lip of a vessel.
3. The sharp cutting edge on the end of an auger.
4. Bot. (a) One of the two opposite divisions of a labiate corolla. (b) The odd and peculiar petal in the Orchis family. See Orchidaceous.
5. Zool. One of the edges of the aperture of a univalve shell.
6. Impudent or abusive talk; as, don't give me any of your lip. [Slang]
Syn: -- jaw.
Lip bit, a pod auger. See Auger.
Lip comfort, comfort that is given with words only.
Lip comforter, one who comforts with words only.
Lip labor, unfelt or insincere speech; hypocrisy. --Bale.
Lip reading, the catching of the words or meaning of one speaking by watching the motion of his lips without hearing his voice. --Carpenter.
Lip salve, a salve for sore lips.
Lip service, expression by the lips of obedience and devotion without the performance of acts suitable to such sentiments.
Lip wisdom, wise talk without practice, or unsupported by experience.
Lip work. (a) Talk. (b) Kissing. [Humorous] --B. Jonson.
To make a lip, to drop the under lip in sullenness or contempt. --Shak.
To shoot out the lip Script., to show contempt by protruding the lip.
Lip, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Lipped p. pr. & vb. n. Lipping ]
1. 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. --Praed.
A hand that kings
Have lipped and trembled kissing. --Shak.
2. To utter; to speak. [R.]
Lip, v. t. To clip; to trim. [Obs.]
n 1: fleshy folds of tissue as those surrounding the mouth
2: an impudent or insolent rejoinder; "don't give me any of
your sass" [syn: sass, sassing, backtalk, back talk,
3: the top edge of a vessel [syn: brim, rim]
[also: lipping, lipped]
besides its literal sense (Isa. 37:29, etc.), is used in the
original (saphah) metaphorically for an edge or border, as of a
cup (1 Kings 7:26), a garment (Ex. 28:32), a curtain (26:4), the
sea (Gen. 22:17), the Jordan (2 Kings 2:13). To "open the lips"
is to begin to speak (Job 11:5); to "refrain the lips" is to
keep silence (Ps. 40:9; 1 Pet. 3:10). The "fruit of the lips"
(Heb. 13:15) is praise, and the "calves of the lips"
thank-offerings (Hos. 14:2). To "shoot out the lip" is to
manifest scorn and defiance (Ps. 22:7). Many similar forms of
expression are found in Scripture.