Definitions for: Labor

[n] productive work (especially physical work done for wages); "his labor did not require a great deal of skill"
[n] any piece of work that is undertaken or attempted; "he prepared for great undertakings"
[n] the federal department responsible for promoting the working conditions of wage earners; created in 1913
[n] a social class comprising those who do manual labor or work for wages; "there is a shortage of skilled labor in this field"
[n] a political party formed in Great Britain in 1900; characterized by the promotion of labor's interests and the socialization of key industries
[n] an organized attempt by workers to improve their status by united action especially via labor unions (especially the leaders of this movement)
[n] concluding state of pregnancy; from the onset of labor to the birth of a child; "she was in labor for six hours"
[v] exert oneself, make an effort to reach a goal; "She tugged for years to make a decent living"; "We have to push a little to make the deadline!"; "She is driving away at her doctoral thesis"
[v] work hard; "She was digging away at her math homework"; "Lexicographers drudge all day long"

Webster (1913) Definition: La"bor, n. [OE. labour, OF. labour, laber, labur, F.
labeur, L. labor; cf. Gr. lamba`nein to take, Skr. labh to
get, seize.] [Written also labour.]
1. Physical toil or bodily exertion, especially when
fatiguing, irksome, or unavoidable, in distinction from
sportive exercise; hard, muscular effort directed to some
useful end, as agriculture, manufactures, and like;
servile toil; exertion; work.

God hath set Labor and rest, as day and night, to
men Successive. --Milton.

2. Intellectual exertion; mental effort; as, the labor of
compiling a history.

3. That which requires hard work for its accomplishment; that
which demands effort.

Being a labor of so great a difficulty, the exact
performance thereof we may rather wish than look
for. --Hooker.

4. Travail; the pangs and efforts of childbirth.

The queen's in labor, They say, in great extremity;
and feared She'll with the labor end. --Shak.

5. Any pang or distress. --Shak.

6. (Naut.) The pitching or tossing of a vessel which results
in the straining of timbers and rigging.

7. [Sp.] A measure of land in Mexico and Texas, equivalent to
an area of 1771/7 acres. --Bartlett.

Syn: Work; toil; drudgery; task; exertion; effort; industry;
painstaking. See Toll.

La"bor, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Labored; p. pr. & vb. n.
Laboring.] [OE. labouren, F. labourer, L. laborare. See
Labor, n.] [Written also labour.]
1. To exert muscular strength; to exert one's strength with
painful effort, particularly in servile occupations; to
work; to toil.

Adam, well may we labor still to dress This garden.

2. To exert one's powers of mind in the prosecution of any
design; to strive; to take pains.

3. To be oppressed with difficulties or disease; to do one's
work under conditions which make it especially hard,
wearisome; to move slowly, as against opposition, or under
a burden; to be burdened; -- often with under, and
formerly with of.

The stone that labors up the hill. --Granville.

The line too labors,and the words move slow. --Pope.

To cure the disorder under which he labored. --Sir
W. Scott.

Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden,
and I will give you rest. --Matt. xi. 28

4. To be in travail; to suffer the pangs of childbirth.

5. (Naut.) To pitch or roll heavily, as a ship in a turbulent
sea. -- Totten.

La"bor, v. t. [F. labourer, L. laborare.]
1. To work at; to work; to till; to cultivate by toil.

The most excellent lands are lying fallow, or only
labored by children. --W. Tooke.

2. To form or fabricate with toil, exertion, or care. ``To
labor arms for Troy.'' --Dryden.

3. To prosecute, or perfect, with effort; to urge
stre?uously; as, to labor a point or argument.

4. To belabor; to beat. [Obs.] --Dryden.

La"bor, n. (Mining.)
A store or set of stopes. [Sp. Amer.]

Synonyms: childbed, confinement, Department of Labor, dig, drive, drudge, fag, grind, Labor Department, labor movement, Labor Party, labour, labour, labour, labour, Labour Party, lying-in, moil, parturiency, project, proletariat, push, task, toil, toil, trade union movement, travail, travail, tug, undertaking, working class

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