Definitions for laborˈleɪ bər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

la•bor*ˈleɪ bər(n.)

  1. productive activity, esp. for the sake of economic gain.

  2. the body of persons engaged in such activity, esp. those working for wages.

  3. this body of persons considered as a class

    Ref: (distinguished from management ).

  4. physical or mental work, esp. of a hard or fatiguing kind.

  5. a job or task done or to be done.

  6. the uterine contractions of childbirth. the interval from the onset of these contractions to childbirth.

    Category: Medicine

  7. (v.i.)to perform labor; work.

  8. to strive, as toward a goal; work hard (often fol. by for):

    to labor for peace.

  9. to move slowly and with effort.

  10. to function at a disadvantage (usu. fol. by under):

    to labor under a misapprehension.

  11. to undergo childbirth.

    Category: Medicine

  12. to roll or pitch heavily, as a ship.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  13. (v.t.)to develop or dwell on in excessive detail:

    Don't labor the point.

  14. to burden or tire.

  15. (adj.)of or pertaining to workers, their associations, or working conditions:

    labor reforms.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

    Ref: Also, esp. Brit., labour .

* Syn: See work.Usage: See -or1.

Origin of labor:

1250–1300; ME < MF < L labor

la′bor•er

Princeton's WordNet

  1. labor, labour, working class, proletariat(noun)

    a social class comprising those who do manual labor or work for wages

    "there is a shortage of skilled labor in this field"

  2. labor, labour, toil(noun)

    productive work (especially physical work done for wages)

    "his labor did not require a great deal of skill"

  3. parturiency, labor, labour, confinement, lying-in, travail, childbed(noun)

    concluding state of pregnancy; from the onset of contractions to the birth of a child

    "she was in labor for six hours"

  4. labor movement, trade union movement, labor(noun)

    an organized attempt by workers to improve their status by united action (particularly via labor unions) or the leaders of this movement

  5. British Labour Party, Labour Party, Labour, Labor(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

  6. Department of Labor, Labor Department, Labor, DoL(noun)

    the federal department responsible for promoting the working conditions of wage earners in the United States; created in 1913

  7. undertaking, project, task, labor(verb)

    any piece of work that is undertaken or attempted

    "he prepared for great undertakings"

  8. tug, labor, labour, push, drive(verb)

    strive and make an effort to reach a goal

    "She tugged for years to make a decent living"; "We have to push a little to make the deadline!"; "She is driving away at her doctoral thesis"

  9. labor, labour, toil, fag, travail, grind, drudge, dig, moil(verb)

    work hard

    "She was digging away at her math homework"; "Lexicographers drudge all day long"

  10. labor, labour(verb)

    undergo the efforts of childbirth

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. labor(noun)ˈeɪbɚ

    the workers of a country, company, etc.

    the cost of labor; cheap labor; labor negotiations

  2. laborˈeɪbɚ

    work

    manual labor

  3. laborˈeɪbɚ

    when a woman gives birth to a baby

    to go into labor; to be in labor; a difficult labor

  4. labor(verb)ˈeɪbɚ

    to work hard

    He labored day and night to finish the job.

Wiktionary

  1. labor(Noun)

    Effort expended on a particular task; toil, work.

  2. labor(Noun)

    Workers collectively; the workforce; the working class.

  3. labor(Noun)

    The labor union movement; organized labor.

  4. labor(Noun)

    The act of a mother giving birth or the time period during which a mother gives birth.

  5. labor(Verb)

    spelling of labour; see British/Commonwealth entry for definitions, etymology, pronunciation, translations, etc.

  6. Labor(ProperNoun)

    The Australian Labor Party.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Labor(noun)

    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

  2. Labor(noun)

    intellectual exertion; mental effort; as, the labor of compiling a history

  3. Labor(noun)

    that which requires hard work for its accomplishment; that which demands effort

  4. Labor(noun)

    travail; the pangs and efforts of childbirth

  5. Labor(noun)

    any pang or distress

  6. Labor(noun)

    the pitching or tossing of a vessel which results in the straining of timbers and rigging

  7. Labor(noun)

    a measure of land in Mexico and Texas, equivalent to an area of 177/ acres

  8. Labor(noun)

    to exert muscular strength; to exert one's strength with painful effort, particularly in servile occupations; to work; to toil

  9. Labor(noun)

    to exert one's powers of mind in the prosecution of any design; to strive; to take pains

  10. Labor(noun)

    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

  11. Labor(noun)

    to be in travail; to suffer the pangs of childbirth

  12. Labor(noun)

    to pitch or roll heavily, as a ship in a turbulent sea

  13. Labor(verb)

    to work at; to work; to till; to cultivate by toil

  14. Labor(verb)

    to form or fabricate with toil, exertion, or care

  15. Labor(verb)

    to prosecute, or perfect, with effort; to urge stre/uously; as, to labor a point or argument

  16. Labor(verb)

    to belabor; to beat


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