from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Physical or mental exertion, especially when difficult or exhausting; work. See Synonyms at work.
- n. Something produced by work.
- n. A specific task.
- n. A particular form of work or method of working: manual labor.
- n. Work for wages.
- n. Workers considered as a group.
- n. The trade union movement, especially its officials.
- n. A political party representing workers' interests, especially in Great Britain.
- n. The process by which childbirth occurs, beginning with contractions of the uterus and ending with the expulsion of the fetus or infant and the placenta.
- intransitive v. To work; toil: labored in the fields.
- intransitive v. To strive painstakingly: labored over the needlepoint.
- intransitive v. To proceed with great effort; plod: labored up the hill.
- intransitive v. Nautical To pitch and roll.
- intransitive v. To suffer from distress or a disadvantage: labored under the misconception that others were cooperating.
- intransitive v. To undergo the efforts of childbirth.
- transitive v. To deal with in exhaustive or excessive detail; belabor: labor a point in the argument.
- transitive v. To distress; burden: I will not labor you with trivial matters.
- adj. Of or relating to labor.
- adj. Of or relating to a Labor Party.
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- n. Alternative form of labour.
- v. Alternative form of labour.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. Intellectual exertion; mental effort.
- n. That which requires hard work for its accomplishment; that which demands effort.
- n. Travail; the pangs and efforts of childbirth.
- n. Any pang or distress.
- n. The pitching or tossing of a vessel which results in the straining of timbers and rigging.
- n. A measure of land in Mexico and Texas, equivalent to an area of 1771/7 acres.
- n. A stope or set of stopes.
- intransitive v. To exert muscular strength; to exert one's strength with painful effort, particularly in servile occupations; to work; to toil.
- intransitive v. To exert one's powers of mind in the prosecution of any design; to strive; to take pains.
- intransitive v. 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.
- intransitive v. To be in travail; to suffer the pangs of childbirth; to be in labor.
- intransitive v. To pitch or roll heavily, as a ship in a turbulent sea.
- transitive v. To work at; to work; to till; to cultivate by toil.
- transitive v. To form or fabricate with toil, exertion, or care.
- transitive v. To prosecute, or perfect, with effort; to urge strenuously.
- transitive v. To belabor; to beat.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Work done by a human being or an animal; exertion of body or mind, or both, for the accomplishment of an end; effort made to attain useful results, in distinction from exercise for the sake of recreation or amusement.
- n. Specifically, bodily toil; physical exertion for the sake of gain or reward; the use of muscular strength for the satisfaction of wants, in distinction from purely mental exertion and from the productive use of capital.
- n. Work done or to be done; that which requires exertion or effort; a work; a performance; an achievement: as, the twelve labors of Hercules.
- n. The laboring class; productive work as represented by those devoted to it: as, the claims or rights of labor; the labor -market.
- n. The pangs and efforts of childbirth; parturition; travail.
- n. (Sp. pron. lä-bōr′ ). In the quicksilver-mines of California, any place where work has been or is going on; especially, in the plural, those parts of the mine from which ore is being extracted in some quantity; workings.
- n. Synonyms Toil, Drudgery, etc. (see work); effort, pains.
- To make a physical or mental effort to accomplish some end; exert the powers of body or mind for the attainment of some result; work; strive. The word often implies painful or strenuous effort.
- Specifically, to exert the muscular power of the body for the attainment of some end; engage in physical or manual toil.
- To be burdened; be oppressed with difficulties; proceed or act with difficulty: used absolutely, or followed by under or (formerly) of.
- To suffer the pangs of childbirth; be in travail.
- To move forward heavily and with difficulty; specifically, of a ship, to roll and pitch heavily in a seaway, or in such a manner as to bring a dangerous strain upon the masts, rigging, and hull.
- Synonyms To struggle, plod, drudge, slave, suffer.
- To cause to work; exercise.
- To work at; specifically, to till; cultivate.
- To produce by labor; make or work out with effort; expend labor on; strive for.
- To urge; labor with.
- To beat; belabor.
- n. A Mexican land-measure, equal to 177 acres.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. undergo the efforts of childbirth
- n. an organized attempt by workers to improve their status by united action (particularly via labor unions) or the leaders of this movement
- v. strive and make an effort to reach a goal
- n. a social class comprising those who do manual labor or work for wages
- n. productive work (especially physical work done for wages)
- n. the federal department responsible for promoting the working conditions of wage earners in the United States; created in 1913
- n. any piece of work that is undertaken or attempted
- v. work hard
- n. concluding state of pregnancy; from the onset of contractions to the birth of a child
- n. a political party formed in Great Britain in 1900; characterized by the promotion of labor's interests and formerly the socialization of key industries
Middle English, from Old French labour, from Latin labor.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)