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WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: a social class comprising those who do manual labor or work for wages; "there is a shortage of skilled labor in this field" [syn: labor, labour, working class, proletariat]
2: concluding state of pregnancy; from the onset of contractions to the birth of a child; "she was in labor for six hours" [syn: parturiency, labor, labour, confinement, lying-in, travail, childbed]
3: a political party formed in Great Britain in 1900; characterized by the promotion of labor's interests and formerly the socialization of key industries [syn: British Labour Party, Labour Party, Labour, Labor]
4: productive work (especially physical work done for wages); "his labor did not require a great deal of skill" [syn: labor, labour, toil] v
1: work hard; "She was digging away at her math homework"; "Lexicographers drudge all day long" [syn: labor, labour, toil, fag, travail, grind, drudge, dig, moil]
2: 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" [syn: tug, labor, labour, push, drive]
3: undergo the efforts of childbirth [syn: labor, labour]

Merriam Webster's

chiefly British variant of labor

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. & v. (US, Austral. labor) --n. 1 a physical or mental work; exertion; toil. b such work considered as supplying the needs of a community. 2 a workers, esp. manual, considered as a class or political force (a dispute between capital and labour). b (Labour) the Labour Party. 3 the process of childbirth, esp. the period from the start of uterine contractions to delivery (has been in labour for three hours). 4 a particular task, esp. of a difficult nature. --v. 1 intr. work hard; exert oneself. 2 intr. (usu. foll. by for, or to + infin.) strive for a purpose (laboured to fulfil his promise). 3 tr. a treat at excessive length; elaborate needlessly (I will not labour the point). b (as laboured adj.) done with great effort; not spontaneous or fluent. 4 intr. (often foll. by under) suffer under (a disadvantage or delusion) (laboured under universal disapproval). 5 intr. proceed with trouble or difficulty (laboured slowly up the hill). 6 intr. (of a ship) roll or pitch heavily. 7 tr. archaic or poet. till (the ground). Phrases and idioms: labour camp a prison camp enforcing a regime of hard labour. Labour Day May 1 (or in the US and Canada the first Monday in September), celebrated in honour of working people. Labour Exchange Brit. colloq. or hist. an employment exchange; a jobcentre. labour force the body of workers employed, esp. at a single plant. labouring man a labourer. labour-intensive (of a form of work) needing a large work force. labour in vain make a fruitless effort. labour-market the supply of labour with reference to the demand on it. labour of Hercules a task needing enormous strength or effort. labour of love a task done for pleasure, not reward. Labour Party 1 a British political party formed to represent the interests of ordinary working people. 2 any similar political party in other countries. labour-saving (of an appliance etc.) designed to reduce or eliminate work. labour union US a trade union. lost labour fruitless effort. Etymology: ME f. OF labo(u)r, labourer f. L labor, -oris, laborare

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Labor La"bor, n. [OE. labour, OF. labour, laber, labur, F. labeur, L. labor; cf. Gr. lamba`nein to take, Skr. labh to get, seize.] [Written also labour.] 1. 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. God hath set Labor and rest, as day and night, to men Successive. --Milton. 2. Intellectual exertion; mental effort; as, the labor of compiling a history. 3. That which requires hard work for its accomplishment; that which demands effort. Being a labor of so great a difficulty, the exact performance thereof we may rather wish than look for. --Hooker. 4. Travail; the pangs and efforts of childbirth. The queen's in labor, They say, in great extremity; and feared She'll with the labor end. --Shak. 5. Any pang or distress. --Shak. 6. (Naut.) The pitching or tossing of a vessel which results in the straining of timbers and rigging. 7. [Sp.] A measure of land in Mexico and Texas, equivalent to an area of 1771/7 acres. --Bartlett. Syn: Work; toil; drudgery; task; exertion; effort; industry; painstaking. See Toll.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Labor La"bor, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Labored; p. pr. & vb. n. Laboring.] [OE. labouren, F. labourer, L. laborare. See Labor, n.] [Written also labour.] 1. To exert muscular strength; to exert one's strength with painful effort, particularly in servile occupations; to work; to toil. Adam, well may we labor still to dress This garden. --Milton. 2. To exert one's powers of mind in the prosecution of any design; to strive; to take pains. 3. 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. The stone that labors up the hill. --Granville. The line too labors,and the words move slow. --Pope. To cure the disorder under which he labored. --Sir W. Scott. Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. --Matt. xi. 28 4. To be in travail; to suffer the pangs of childbirth. 5. (Naut.) To pitch or roll heavily, as a ship in a turbulent sea. -- Totten.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(labours, labouring, laboured) Frequency: The word is one of the 700 most common words in English. Note: in AM, use 'labor' 1. Labour is very hard work, usually physical work. ...the labour of seeding, planting and harvesting... The chef at the barbecue looked up from his labours; he was sweating. N-UNCOUNT: also N in pl, oft supp N see also hard labour 2. Someone who labours works hard using their hands. ...peasants labouring in the fields... Her husband laboured at the plant for 17 years. VERB: V, V 3. If you labour to do something, you do it with difficulty. For twenty-five years now he has laboured to build a religious community. ...a young man who's labouring under all kinds of other difficulties. = struggle VERB: V to-inf, V under n 4. Labour is used to refer to the workers of a country or industry, considered as a group. Latin America lacked skilled labour... They were cheap labour. N-UNCOUNT: oft supp N 5. The work done by a group of workers or by a particular worker is referred to as their labour. The unemployed cannot withdraw their labour–they have no power. N-UNCOUNT: oft poss N 6. In Britain, people use Labour to refer to the Labour Party. They all vote Labour. N-PROPER-COLL 7. A Labour politician or voter is a member of a Labour Party or votes for a Labour Party. ...a Labour MP... Millions of Labour voters went unrepresented. ADJ 8. If you labour under a delusion or misapprehension, you continue to believe something which is not true. She laboured under the illusion that I knew what I was doing... You seem to be labouring under considerable misapprehensions. VERB: V under n, V under n 9. If you labour a point or an argument, you keep making the same point or saying the same thing, although it is unnecessary. I don't want to labour the point but there it is. VERB: V n 10. Labour is the last stage of pregnancy, in which the baby is gradually pushed out of the womb by the mother. I thought the pains meant I was going into labour.

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