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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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