Definitions for: Job
[n] a damaging piece of work; "dry rot did the job of destroying the barn"; "the barber did a real job on my hair"
[n] the performance of a piece of work; "she did an outstanding job as Ophelia"; "he gave it up as a bad job"
[n] the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money; "he's not in my line of business"
[n] the responsibility to do something; "it is their job to print the truth"
[n] a specific piece of work required to be done as a duty or for a specific fee; "estimates of the city's loss on that job ranged as high as a million dollars"; "the job of repairing the engine took several hours"; "the endless task of classifying the samples"; "the farmer's morning chores"
[n] a crime (especially a robbery); "the gang pulled off a bank job in St. Louis"
[n] a workplace; as in the expression"on the job"
[n] an object worked on; a result produced by working; "he held the job in his left hand and worked on it with his right"
[n] a book in the Old Testament containing Job's pleas to God about his afflictions and God's reply
[n] (computer science) a program application that may consist of several steps but is a single logical unit
[n] any long-suffering person who withstands affliction without despairing
[n] a Jewish hero in the Old Testament who maintained his faith in God in spite of afflictions that tested him
[n] a state of difficulty that needs to be resolved; "she and her husband are having problems"; "it is always a job to contact him"; "urban problems such as traffic congestion and smog"
[v] invest at a risk; "I bought this house not because I want to live in it but to sell it later at a good price, so I am speculating"
[v] work occasionally
[v] let out under a subcontract
[v] profit privately from public office
Webster (1913) Definition: Job, n. [Prov. E. job, gob, n., a small piece of wood, v.,
to stab, strike; cf. E. gob, gobbet; perh. influenced by E.
chop to cut off, to mince. See Gob.]
1. A sudden thrust or stab; a jab.
2. A piece of chance or occasional work; any definite work
undertaken in gross for a fixed price; as, he did the job
for a thousand dollars.
3. A public transaction done for private profit; something
performed ostensibly as a part of official duty, but
really for private gain; a corrupt official business.
4. Any affair or event which affects one, whether fortunately
or unfortunately. [Colloq.]
5. A situation or opportunity of work; as, he lost his job.
Note: Job is used adjectively to signify doing jobs, used for
jobs, or let on hire to do jobs; as, job printer; job
master; job horse; job wagon, etc.
By the job, at a stipulated sum for the work, or for each
piece of work done; -- distinguished from time work; as,
the house was built by the job.
Job lot, a quantity of goods, usually miscellaneous, sold
out of the regular course of trade, at a certain price for
the whole; as, these articles were included in a job lot.
Job master, one who lest out horses and carriages for hire,
as for family use. [Eng.]
Job printer, one who does miscellaneous printing, esp.
circulars, cards, billheads, etc.
Odd job, miscellaneous work of a petty kind; occasional
work, of various kinds, or for various people.
Job, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Jobbed; p. pr. & vb. n.
1. To strike or stab with a pointed instrument. --L'Estrange.
2. To thrust in, as a pointed instrument. --Moxon.
3. To do or cause to be done by separate portions or lots; to
sublet (work); as, to job a contract.
4. (Com.) To buy and sell, as a broker; to purchase of
importers or manufacturers for the purpose of selling to
retailers; as, to job goods.
5. To hire or let by the job or for a period of service; as,
to job a carriage. --Thackeray.
Job, v. i.
1. To do chance work for hire; to work by the piece; to do
Authors of all work, to job for the season. --Moore.
2. To seek private gain under pretense of public service; to
turn public matters to private advantage.
And judges job, and bishops bite the town. --Pope.
3. To carry on the business of a jobber in merchandise or
The hero of the book of that name in the Old Testament; the
typical patient man.
(a) A false friend; a tactless or malicious person who, under
pretense of sympathy, insinuates rebukes.
(b) A boil. [Colloq.]
Job's news, bad news. --Carlyle.
Job's tears (Bot.), a kind of grass (Coix Lacryma), with
hard, shining, pearly grains.
Synonyms: business, caper, chore, farm out, line, line of work, occupation, problem, speculate, subcontract, task
See Also: accountancy, accounting, activity, application, application program, applications programme, appointment, balance-of-payments problem, berth, biz, book, bull, calling, career, catering, cheat, chisel, commit, craft, difficulty, disagreeable chore, disagreeable task, do work, duty, employ, employment, engage, farming, game, hero, hire, invest, land, medium, metier, obligation, office, Old Testament, photography, place, place, position, post, product, production, profession, put, race problem, responsibility, robbery, salt mine, situation, sport, spot, stint, trade, treadmill, unfortunate, unfortunate person, vocation, work, work, work, workplace
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