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  • adj. Archaic form of laboured.
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of labour.


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  • Thoughts and the Agitation of my Mind on this Occasion; for my Interior labour'd as it were under a Fever and Ague, burning with an irresistible


  • Valerius, as Duty oblig'd him, took all possible Care of them both, and got the best Physicians to their Aid, by whose Care and Skill they escaped Death, though they labour'd under long Sickness, and became much disfigur'd; for Asbella became deaf and blind, and lost all her Teeth; Turpius lost his Teeth, Hair, and Nails.


  • Madam, in what Anxiety of Thoughts my poor Heart labour'd.


  • Thus my Thoughts play'd at Racket, and seldom minded the Line of Reason; my Mind labour'd under a perpetual shaking Palsy of Hope and Fear; my whole Interiour was nothing but

    The Amours of Bosvil and Galesia

  • Then it was I gaz'd away that Life you now refuse to save, and have ever since labour'd under deadly Pangs; and after thus suffering Martyrdom, to have the Truth of what I profess call'd in

    The Amours of Bosvil and Galesia

  •     Perish who earth's hid veins first labour'd dimly to quarry,

    Poems and Fragments

  • Sworn off adventuring to finish my villa, I labour'd a few hours adjusting here, texturing there, but the sound of steel against steel and the promise of seeing reknown duellists in combat weakened my resolve and led me to Spangle, where Comhrag McLeod tutored two beginners, yours truly and the willowy Ishi Mirrikh on the left, in the art of duelling by Combat Cards.

    Archive 2006-10-01

  • Perish who earth's hid veins first labour'd dimly to quarry,

    The Poems and Fragments of Catullus

  • I am apt to believe that the not knowing nature's artful and intricate method of uniting colours for the production of the variegated composition, or prime tint of flesh, hath made colouring, in the art of painting, a kind of mystery in all ages; insomuch, that it may fairly be said, out of the many thousands who have labour'd to attain it, not above ten or twelve painters have happily succeeded therein; Correggio

    The Mind of the Artist Thoughts and Sayings of Painters and Sculptors on Their Art

  • -- Miss Powis seated herself between them, and hung about the neck of Mrs. Jenkings; -- whilst his Lordship, full of admiration, look'd as if his great soul labour'd for expression.

    Barford Abbey


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