What does labour mean?

Definitions for labour
ˈleɪ bərlabour

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word labour.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. labor, labour, working class, proletariatnoun

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

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

  2. parturiency, labor, labour, confinement, lying-in, travail, childbednoun

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

    "she was in labor for six hours"

  3. British Labour Party, Labour Party, Labour, Labornoun

    a political party formed in Great Britain in 1900; characterized by the promotion of labor's interests and formerly the socialization of key industries

  4. labor, labour, toilverb

    productive work (especially physical work done for wages)

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

  5. labor, labour, toil, fag, travail, grind, drudge, dig, moilverb

    work hard

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

  6. tug, labor, labour, push, driveverb

    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"

  7. labor, labourverb

    undergo the efforts of childbirth

Wiktionary

  1. labournoun

    Effort expended on a particular task; toil, work.

  2. labournoun

    Workers in general; the working class, the workforce; sometimes specifically the labour movement, organised labour.

  3. labournoun

    A political party or force aiming or claiming to represent the interests of labour.

  4. labournoun

    The act of a mother giving birth

  5. labournoun

    The time period during which a mother gives birth.

  6. labourverb

    To toil, to work.

  7. labourverb

    To belabour, to emphasise or expand upon (a point in a debate, etc).

    I think we've all got the idea. There's no need to labour the point.

  8. Labournoun

    Short for the Labour Party.

  9. Etymology: From labouren, from laborer, from laborare, from labor; perhaps remotely akin to robur.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Labour

    lā′bur, n. toil or exertion, esp. when fatiguing: work: pains: duties: a task requiring hard work: the pangs of childbirth.—v.i. to undergo labour: to work: to take pains: to be oppressed: to move slowly: to be in travail: (naut.) to pitch and roll heavily.—adj. Labō′rious, full of labour: toilsome: wearisome: devoted to labour: industrious.—adv. Labō′riously.—n. Labō′riousness.—adj. Lā′boured, bearing marks of labour or effort in the execution.—ns. Lā′bourer, one who labours: one who does work requiring little skill; Lā′bourist, one who contends for the interests of workmen.—adjs. Lā′bour-sav′ing, intended to supersede or lessen the labour of men; Lā′boursome (Shak.), made with labour and diligence.—Labour Day, a legal holiday in some parts of the United States, as in New York (the first Monday in September); Labour market, the supply of unemployed labour in relation to the demand for it; Labour of love, work undertaken merely as an act of friendliness, and without hope of emolument; Labour with, to take pains to convince.—Hard labour, compulsory work imposed on certain criminals in addition to imprisonment. [O. Fr. labour, labeur—L. labor.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. labour

    In the relative mechanical efforts of the human body labouring in various posture, 682-1/3 have been given for the rowing effort, 476 for the effort at a winch, and 209-1/3 for the effort at a pump.

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'labour' in Nouns Frequency: #300

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'labour' in Adjectives Frequency: #86

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of labour in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of labour in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of labour in a Sentence

  1. George Washington:

    Labour to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire, called conscience.

  2. Henry David Thoreau, Walden:

    I see young men, my townsmen, whose misfortune it is to have inherited farms, houses, cattle, barns, and farming tools, for these are more easily acquired than gotten rid of. Better if they had been born in the open pasture and suckled by a wolf, that they might have seen with clearer eyes what field they were called to labour in.

  3. Yoram Oron:

    When Labour was in government they were quite supportive of Israeli high-tech in all forms - taxation, grants, export policies, politicians understand that having successful multinationals in Israel is good for the start-up industry.

  4. Victor Hugo:

    So long as there shall exist, by reason of law and custom, a social condemnation which, in the midst of civilization, artificially creates a hell on earth, and complicates with human fatality a destiny that is divine; so long as the three problems of the century - the degradation of man by the exploitation of his labour, the ruin of women by starvation and the atrophy of childhood by physical and spiritual night are not solved; so long as, in certain regions, social asphyxia shall be possible; in other words and from a still broader point of view, so long as ignorance and misery remain on earth, there should be a need for books such as this.”

  5. Robert Louis Stephenson:

    To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive, and the true success is to labour.

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Translations for labour

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  • عملArabic
  • трудBulgarian
  • porodní bolesti, dělnictvo, porod, pracovní síly, námaha, práceCzech
  • llafur, gweithwyr, gwaithWelsh
  • gebären, arbeiten, Arbeiter, ArbeitGerman
  • εργάζομαι, εργατικό δυναμικό, εργατικοί, εργασία, ωδίνες τοκετού, δουλειά, κοπιάζω, εργατικό κόμμα, μόχθος, τοκετός, κόπος, δουλεύω, γέννα, μοχθώGreek
  • trabajar, trabajadores, parto, trabajo, campesinosSpanish
  • synnytys, ahertaa, raataa, aherrus, työvoima, työläisetFinnish
  • travailler, travail, ouvrage, accouchementFrench
  • saothar, obairIrish
  • saothairScottish Gaelic
  • לידהHebrew
  • काम करनाHindi
  • munkásság, munka, szülésHungarian
  • ծննդաբերություն, երկունք, աշխատել, աշխատանքArmenian
  • lavoranti, lavoratori, lavoro, lavorare, partoItalian
  • 働く, 労働Japanese
  • 로동, 일하다, 勞動, 노동Korean
  • taimahi, whānau, taunahua, whānautangaMāori
  • praca, pracować, poródPolish
  • trabalhar, parto, trabalho, mão-de-obraPortuguese
  • lavurRomansh
  • muncă, muncitori, lucrătoriRomanian
  • рабочий, труд, работать, роды, рабочий класс, трудитьсяRussian
  • arbetskraft, arbete, arbetaSwedish
  • కార్మికులు, శ్రమ, ప్రసవంTelugu
  • کام کرناUrdu
  • lao động, 勞動Vietnamese
  • קימפּעטYiddish

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