Definitions of labor

  1. concluding state of pregnancy; from the onset of labor to the birth of a child; " she was in labor for six hours"
  2. the federal department responsible for promoting the working conditions of wage earners; created in 1913
  3. productive work ( especially physical work done for wages); " his labor did not require a great deal of skill"
  4. any piece of work that is undertaken or attempted; " he prepared for great undertakings"
  5. a political party formed in Great Britain in 1900; characterized by the promotion of labor's interests and the socialization of key industries
  6. an organized attempt by workers to improve their status by united action especially via labor unions ( especially the leaders of this movement)
  7. exert oneself, 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"
  8. the federal department responsible for promoting the working conditions of wage earners in the United States; created in 1913
  9. undergo the efforts of childbirth
  10. 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"
  11. 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.
  12. Intellectual exertion; mental effort; as, the labor of compiling a history.
  13. That which requires hard work for its accomplishment; that which demands effort.
  14. Travail; the pangs and efforts of childbirth.
  15. Any pang or distress.
  16. The pitching or tossing of a vessel which results in the straining of timbers and rigging.
  17. To exert muscular strength; to exert one's strength with painful effort, particularly in servile occupations; to work; to toil.
  18. To exert one's powers of mind in the prosecution of any design; to strive; to take pains.
  19. To be in travail; to suffer the pangs of childbirth.
  20. To pitch or roll heavily, as a ship in a turbulent sea.
  21. To work at; to work; to till; to cultivate by toil.
  22. To form or fabricate with toil, exertion, or care.
  23. To belabor; to beat.
  24. A store or set of stopes.
  25. A measure of land in Mexico and Texas, equivalent to an area of 177 acres.
  26. 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.
  27. To prosecute, or perfect, with effort; to urge streuously; as, to labor a point or argument.
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. Toil or exertion, esp. when fatiguing: work: pains: duties: a task requiring hard work: the pangs of childbirth.
  31. To undergo labor: to work: to take pains: to be oppressed: to move slowly: to be in travail: ( naut.) to pitch and roll heavily.
  32. To work; toil; be oppressed or distressed.
  33. Work; toil; travail.
  34. To toil or cause to toil; work; roll or pitch, as a ship at sea.
  35. Physical or mental exertion for some end; toil; work.
  36. Labored.

Usage examples for labor

  1. Like everybody else, he was afraid of the labor captain. – Wild Justice: Stories of the South Seas by Lloyd Osbourne
  2. He did not labor in vain. – Northern Lights by Gilbert Parker
  3. After breakfast, I went back to my room to continue my labor; but mother soon came and said: " Do you intend to let Elizabeth do all the work?" – Half a Century by Jane Grey Cannon Swisshelm
  4. Come and have dinner with labor. – Rose MacLeod by Alice Brown
  5. But I see that she wuz determined to have her way, and I didn't labor no more with her. – Samantha at the World's Fair by Marietta Holley
  6. A young boy appears on the left as if on his way to his morning labor. – See America First by Orville O. Hiestand
  7. Your father worked for twenty years of his life accumulating it for us, and it seems to me a sort of sacred duty to see that his labor has not all been thrown away. – Colonel Thorndyke's Secret by G. A. Henty
  8. And he said he knew well how devoted I was to my work, and how anything I did for the Church was a real labor of love, and that my heart was in my work." – Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley
  9. It is difficult for me to get labor here at best; and it is understood that I ask no questions and deal with men on the basis simply of their relations to me. – Taken Alive by E. P. Roe
  10. At times I wish I could stop making a labor of religion, and enjoy it a little. – Esther by Henry Adams
  11. I do not think that during my father's life I shall ever leave the stage; it is very selfish to feel regret at this, I know, but it sometimes seems to me rather dreary to look along my future years, and think that they will be devoted to labor that I dislike and despise.... – Records of a Girlhood by Frances Ann Kemble
  12. Or is it that you wish knowledge for yourself and labor for the rest? – The Reign of Greed Complete English Version of 'El Filibusterismo' by Jose Rizal
  13. It will be the war of capital and labor. – The Atlantic Book of Modern Plays by Various
  14. Well, I can see geeks streaming away from the labor- camp, out the south end, going in the direction of the river. – Uller Uprising by Henry Beam Piper, John D. Clark and John F. Carr
  15. For two days' labor you ask two hundred guineas? – Whistler Stories by Don C. Seitz
  16. Learning but recently, however, that the coming battle is to be the last of thy labor and life, take the farewell greeting of thy loving partner. – Bushido, the Soul of Japan by Inazo Nitobé
  17. Labor was not an account which could wait. – The Lady Doc by Caroline Lockhart
  18. It has sought to find a way to prevent child labor. – Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present by Various
  19. Eben sadly resumed his labor. – Do and Dare A Brave Boy's Fight for Fortune by Horatio Alger, Jr.