from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun Chiefly Brit. Same as
labor; -- British spelling.
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- noun Effort expended on a particular
task; toil, work.
- noun uncountable Workers in general; the working class, the workforce; sometimes specifically the labour movement, organised labour.
- noun uncountable A political party or force aiming or claiming to represent the interests of labour.
- noun The act of a mother giving
- noun The time period during which a mother gives birth.
- verb intransitive To
toil, to work.
- verb transitive To
belabour, to emphasise or expand upon (a point in a debate, etc).
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- noun productive work (especially physical work done for wages)
- noun concluding state of pregnancy; from the onset of contractions to the birth of a child
- noun a political party formed in Great Britain in 1900; characterized by the promotion of labor's interests and formerly the socialization of key industries
- verb undergo the efforts of childbirth
- verb strive and make an effort to reach a goal
- verb work hard
- noun a social class comprising those who do manual labor or work for wages
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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_.
Freeland A Social Anticipation Theodor Hertzka 1884
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*
The Works of Adam Smith ...: With an Account of His Life and Writings 1812
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.
Citizendium, the Citizens' Compendium - Recent changes [en] 2009
HOWEVER, withdrawal of your labour is the least invasive means of making your point.
Yet Another Strike at York University (and Osgoode Hall)? : Law is Cool 2008
The withdrawal of your labour is the only weapon you have in the fight for improved pay and conditions.
Striking Looks « We Don't Count Your Own Visits To Your Blog 2008
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.
Transcript - Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs - The Hon Duncan Kerr MP 2008
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 funny thing about Pain..... (Let's talk trauma!) Elizabeth McClung 2008
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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