Definitions of labor

  1. To toil or cause to toil; work; roll or pitch, as a ship at sea.
  2. To work at; to work; to till; to cultivate by toil.
  3. To form or fabricate with toil, exertion, or care.
  4. To belabor; to beat.
  5. To prosecute, or perfect, with effort; to urge streuously; as, to labor a point or argument.
  6. To work; toil; be oppressed or distressed.
  7. 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.
  8. To undergo labor: to work: to take pains: to be oppressed: to move slowly: to be in travail: ( naut.) to pitch and roll heavily.
  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. concluding state of pregnancy; from the onset of labor to the birth of a child; " she was in labor for six hours"
  11. a political party formed in Great Britain in 1900; characterized by the promotion of labor's interests and the socialization of key industries
  12. an organized attempt by workers to improve their status by united action especially via labor unions ( especially the leaders of this movement)
  13. the federal department responsible for promoting the working conditions of wage earners in the United States; created in 1913
  14. 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"
  15. 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.
  16. Intellectual exertion; mental effort; as, the labor of compiling a history.
  17. That which requires hard work for its accomplishment; that which demands effort.
  18. Travail; the pangs and efforts of childbirth.
  19. Any pang or distress.
  20. The pitching or tossing of a vessel which results in the straining of timbers and rigging.
  21. To exert muscular strength; to exert one's strength with painful effort, particularly in servile occupations; to work; to toil.
  22. To exert one's powers of mind in the prosecution of any design; to strive; to take pains.
  23. To be in travail; to suffer the pangs of childbirth.
  24. To pitch or roll heavily, as a ship in a turbulent sea.
  25. A store or set of stopes.
  26. A measure of land in Mexico and Texas, equivalent to an area of 177 acres.
  27. 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.
  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. Toil or exertion, esp. when fatiguing: work: pains: duties: a task requiring hard work: the pangs of childbirth.
  30. Work; toil; travail.
  31. Physical or mental exertion for some end; toil; work.
  32. Labored.