American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Chiefly British Variant of labor.
- n. Effort expended on a particular task; toil, work.
- n. uncountable Workers in general; the working class, the workforce; sometimes specifically the labour movement, organised labour.
- n. uncountable A political party or force aiming or claiming to represent the interests of labour.
- n. The act of a mother giving birth.
- n. The time period during which a mother gives birth.
- v. intransitive To toil, to work.
- v. transitive To belabour, to emphasise or expand upon (a point in a debate, etc).
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Chiefly Brit. Same as labor; -- British spelling.
- n. productive work (especially physical work done for wages)
- 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
- v. undergo the efforts of childbirth
- v. strive and make an effort to reach a goal
- v. work hard
- n. a social class comprising those who do manual labor or work for wages
- From Middle English labouren, from Old French laborer, from Latin laborare ("(intransitive) to labor, strive, exert onself, suffer, be in distress, (transitive) to work out, elaborate"), from labor ("labor, toil, work, exertion"); perhaps remotely akin to robur ("strength"). (Wiktionary)
“Anyone possessing a diamond worth, for example, 600£, would here have at his disposal a year's income from one person's labour; but to buy such a diamond and to wear it because it represented that value would, in view of our institutions, be to make oneself ridiculous; for he who did it would simply be investing in that way the profits of _his own labour_.”
“It was at an end, therefore, long before the moft confiderable improvements were made in the produ6Uve powers of labour, and it would be to no purpofe to trace further what might have been its effects upon the recompence or wages of labour*”
“Even a pregnant woman in labour is better off than these cry babies. mfhpr”
“I think the best thing in labour is to remain as relaxed as possible.”
“I suppose we should also have a redirect from the term labour market.”
“HOWEVER, withdrawal of your labour is the least invasive means of making your point.”
“The withdrawal of your labour is the only weapon you have in the fight for improved pay and conditions.”
“What our Prime Minister said, and what we said to your Prime Minister and to the Forum Minister, is that Australia knows that a lot of countries in the Pacific, including Tonga, are very interested in the idea of what we call labour mobility – the seasonal workers scheme.”
“Yes, well since the effort of Dr. Hand, I am pretty sure they won't offer a term labour next round, I wonder if they would even allow a normal c-section- did they tell you?”
“The SA Police Union said it had advised members to join Popcru in what it described as labour unrest between Tuesday and Monday.”
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