Definition of labor :
1. A measure of land in Mexico and Texas, equivalent to an area of 177 acres.
2. A store or set of stopes.
3. Any pang or distress.
4. Intellectual exertion; mental effort; as, the labor of compiling a history.
5. 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.
6. That which requires hard work for its accomplishment; that which demands effort.
7. The pitching or tossing of a vessel which results in the straining of timbers and rigging.
8. To be in travail; to suffer the pangs of childbirth.
9. 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.
10. To belabor; to beat.
11. To exert muscular strength; to exert one's strength with painful effort, particularly in servile occupations; to work; to toil.
12. To exert one's powers of mind in the prosecution of any design; to strive; to take pains.
13. To form or fabricate with toil, exertion, or care.
14. To pitch or roll heavily, as a ship in a turbulent sea.
15. To prosecute, or perfect, with effort; to urge streuously; as, to labor a point or argument.
16. To work at; to work; to till; to cultivate by toil.
17. Travail; the pangs and efforts of childbirth.
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action (part of speech: noun)
business (part of speech: noun)
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act (part of speech: verb)
exert (part of speech: verb)
work (part of speech: verb)
exertion (part of speech: noun)
- Nor do we find them unwilling to labor, as we have been so often told they were. - "Three Years in the Federal Cavalry", Willard Glazier.
- For the day is coming when every child born will be taught the meaning of wealth, of capital, of labor. - "Prisoners of Poverty Abroad", Helen Campbell.
- We have won our ground with labor. - "Dreamers of the Ghetto", I. Zangwill.