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Meaning of labor by Wiktionary Dictionary


    Proper noun


    1. ( Australian, informal ) The Australian Labor Party.

    Usage notes

    While it is standard practice in Australian English to spell the word labour with a letter u, the Party has spelt it without since 1912, when Labor cabinet minister King O'Malley thought he would "modernise" the name. At the time, it seemed likely that Australia would move to American spellings .


Explanation of labor by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. undergo the efforts of childbirth

    2. strive and make an effort to reach a goal

    3. work hard

    1. productive work ( especially physical work done for wages )

    2. his labor did not require a great deal of skill
    3. any piece of work that is undertaken or attempted

    4. the federal department responsible for promoting the working conditions of wage earners in the United States

    5. a social class comprising those who do manual labor or work for wages

    6. there is a shortage of skilled labor in this field
    7. a political party formed in Great Britain in 1900

    8. an organized attempt by workers to improve their status by united action ( particularly via labor unions ) or the leaders of this movement

    9. concluding state of pregnancy

    10. she was in labor for six hours

    Definition of labor by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Labor ( lābẽr ), n. [OE. labour, OF. labour, laber, labur, F. labeur, L. labor; cf. Gr. λαμβάνειν 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 177 acres. Bartlett.

      8. ( Mining. ) A stope or set of stopes. [Sp. Amer.]

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

    2. Labor, 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. Milton.

      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; to be in labor.

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

    3. Labor, 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 strenuously; as, “to labor a point or argument”.

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