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Labor meaning

labor - 24 dictionary results

  1. 1. the federal department responsible for promoting the working conditions of wage earners in the United States; created in 1913
  2. 2. undergo the efforts of childbirth
  3. 3. 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"
  4. 4. 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.
  5. 5. Intellectual exertion; mental effort; as, the labor of compiling a history.
  6. 6. That which requires hard work for its accomplishment; that which demands effort.
  7. 7. Travail; the pangs and efforts of childbirth.
  8. 8. Any pang or distress.
  9. 9. The pitching or tossing of a vessel which results in the straining of timbers and rigging.
  10. 10. To exert muscular strength; to exert one's strength with painful effort, particularly in servile occupations; to work; to toil.
  11. 11. To exert one's powers of mind in the prosecution of any design; to strive; to take pains.
  12. 12. To be in travail; to suffer the pangs of childbirth.
  13. 13. To pitch or roll heavily, as a ship in a turbulent sea.
  14. 14. To work at; to work; to till; to cultivate by toil.
  15. 15. To form or fabricate with toil, exertion, or care.
  16. 16. To belabor; to beat.
  17. 17. A store or set of stopes.
  18. 18. A measure of land in Mexico and Texas, equivalent to an area of 177 acres.
  19. 19. 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.
  20. 20. To prosecute, or perfect, with effort; to urge streuously; as, to labor a point or argument.
  21. 21. Toll or exertion, physical or mental; the whole class of workers employed in the actual production of wealth as distinguished from those who supply money or mental work; as, the relations between capital and labor are difficult to adjust; a task; effort; difficulty; pain; the act of bearing a child.
  22. 22. To use muscular strength or mental effort; to toil; be hard- pressed; take pains; move slowly; pitch and roll heavily, as a ship in a storm; suffer the pains of childbirth.
  23. 23. To work; toil; be oppressed or distressed.
  24. 24. Work; toil; travail.

labor - examples of usage

  1. That was a night's wise labor. - "The Devil's Garden", W. B. Maxwell.
  2. " So even you labor men believe what you read in the 'Times'! - "They Call Me Carpenter", Upton Sinclair.
  3. I had been to Prince's many times in my life, but I had never been behind the scenes, nor had I ever before been to a labor- meeting. - "They Call Me Carpenter", Upton Sinclair.
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