- ( Australian, informal ) The Australian Labor Party.
- 1970, Australian Institute of International Affairs, Institute of Pacific Relations, Australia and the Pacific, page 10,
- 1984, David Harris Solomon, Australia′s Government and Parliament, page 102,
- 1995, Brian Galligan, A Federal Republic: Australia′s Constitutional System of Government, page 109,
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
- 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
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.
- 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.
- 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.
Definition of labor by GCIDE Dictionary