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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. work hard; " She was digging away at her math homework"; " Lexicographers drudge all day long"
  4. productive work ( especially physical work done for wages); " his labor did not require a great deal of skill"
  5. any piece of work that is undertaken or attempted; " he prepared for great undertakings"
  6. a social class comprising those who do manual labor or work for wages; " there is a shortage of skilled labor in this field"
  7. a political party formed in Great Britain in 1900; characterized by the promotion of labor's interests and the socialization of key industries
  8. an organized attempt by workers to improve their status by united action especially via labor unions ( especially the leaders of this movement)
  9. 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"
  10. the federal department responsible for promoting the working conditions of wage earners in the United States; created in 1913
  11. undergo the efforts of childbirth
  12. 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"
  13. 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.
  14. Intellectual exertion; mental effort; as, the labor of compiling a history.
  15. That which requires hard work for its accomplishment; that which demands effort.
  16. Travail; the pangs and efforts of childbirth.
  17. Any pang or distress.
  18. The pitching or tossing of a vessel which results in the straining of timbers and rigging.
  19. To exert muscular strength; to exert one's strength with painful effort, particularly in servile occupations; to work; to toil.
  20. To exert one's powers of mind in the prosecution of any design; to strive; to take pains.
  21. To be in travail; to suffer the pangs of childbirth.
  22. To pitch or roll heavily, as a ship in a turbulent sea.
  23. To work at; to work; to till; to cultivate by toil.
  24. To form or fabricate with toil, exertion, or care.
  25. To belabor; to beat.
  26. A store or set of stopes.
  27. A measure of land in Mexico and Texas, equivalent to an area of 177 acres.
  28. 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.
  29. To prosecute, or perfect, with effort; to urge streuously; as, to labor a point or argument.
  30. The function in the female by which the product of conception is expelled from the uterus through the vagina to the outside world.
  31. 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.
  32. 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.
  33. Delivery, childbirth; the process of expulsion of a fetus from the uterus at the normal termination of pregnancy.
  34. The process of giving birth to a child; childbirth.
  35. Toil or exertion, esp. when fatiguing: work: pains: duties: a task requiring hard work: the pangs of childbirth.
  36. To undergo labor: to work: to take pains: to be oppressed: to move slowly: to be in travail: ( naut.) to pitch and roll heavily.
  37. To work; toil; be oppressed or distressed.
  38. Work; toil; travail.
  39. To toil or cause to toil; work; roll or pitch, as a ship at sea.
  40. Physical or mental exertion for some end; toil; work.
  41. Labored.
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Quotes of labor

  1. In a country of such recent civilization as ours, whose almost limitless treasures of material wealth invite the risks of capital and the industry of labor it is but natural that material interests should absorb the attention of the people to a degree elsewhere unknown. – Felix Adler
  2. If you pursue good with labor the labor passes away but the good remains; if you pursue evil with pleasure, the pleasure passes away and the evil remains. – Marcus Tullius Cicero
  3. Art begins with resistance- at the point where resistance is overcome. No human masterpiece has ever been created without great labor – Andre Gide
  4. But the real growth I must say in terms of the public sector for the Labor Department is really at state and local levels. That's where the real opportunities are today. – Alexis Herman
  5. The public sector certainly includes the Department of Labor Those are jobs that are available. They are open and they are good paying jobs. The government as a whole has been actually retrenching under President Clinton's leadership. – Alexis Herman
  6. In January 1944 I was called up by the Forced Labor Service, but I deserted on October 10, 1944. – Gyorgy Legeti
  7. The person who has the will to undergo all labor may win any goal. – Menander
  8. Yet it is in this loneliness that the deepest activities begin. It is here that you discover act without motion, labor that is profound repose, vision in obscurity, and, beyond all desire, a fulfillment whose limits extend to infinity. – Thomas Merton
  9. Modern society, based as it is on the division of labor can be preserved only under conditions of lasting peace. – Ludwig von Mises
  10. It is work, work that one delights in, that is the surest guarantor of happiness. But even here it is a work that has to be earned by labor in one's earlier years. One should labor so hard in youth that everything one does subsequently is easy by comparison. – Ashley Montagu
  11. The labor movement means just this: it is the last noble protest of the American people against the power of incorporated wealth. – Wendell Phillips
  12. Put off thy cares with thy clothes; so shall thy rest strengthen thy labor and so thy labor sweeten thy rest. – Francis Quarles
  13. Businesses should no longer be allowed to depress wages by hiring illegal labor and then falsely claim that Americans don't want to do the jobs. – Dana Rohrabacher
  14. The seeming antagonism between capital and labor is the result of deceptive appearance. – Leland Stanford
  15. Friends are the greatest labor and the greatest reward. – Jason Zebehazy

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. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Come and have dinner with labor – Rose MacLeod by Alice Brown
  6. 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
  7. For two days' labor you ask two hundred guineas? – Whistler Stories by Don C. Seitz
  8. A young boy appears on the left as if on his way to his morning labor – See America First by Orville O. Hiestand
  9. Eben sadly resumed his labor – Do and Dare A Brave Boy's Fight for Fortune by Horatio Alger, Jr.
  10. 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
  11. He did not labor in vain. – Northern Lights by Gilbert Parker
  12. I now offer the fruit of my labor – The Art of the Story-Teller by Marie L. Shedlock
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. It has sought to find a way to prevent child labor – Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present by Various
  17. At times I wish I could stop making a labor of religion, and enjoy it a little. – Esther by Henry Adams
  18. It will be the war of capital and labor – The Atlantic Book of Modern Plays by Various
  19. Labor was not an account which could wait. – The Lady Doc by Caroline Lockhart
  20. 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

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