|n.||1.||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.|
|2.||Intellectual exertion; mental effort; |
|3.||That which requires hard work for its accomplishment; that which demands effort.|
|4.||Travail; the pangs and efforts of childbirth.|
|5.||Any pang or distress.|
|6.||(Naut.) The pitching or tossing of a vessel which results in the straining of timbers and rigging.|
|7.||A measure of land in Mexico and Texas, equivalent to an area of 177|
|8.||(Mining.) A stope or set of stopes.|
|v. i.||1.||To exert muscular strength; to exert one's strength with painful effort, particularly in servile occupations; to work; to toil.|
|2.||To exert one's powers of mind in the prosecution of any design; to strive; to take pains.|
|3.||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.|
|4.||To be in travail; to suffer the pangs of childbirth; to be in labor.|
|5.||(Naut.) To pitch or roll heavily, as a ship in a turbulent sea.|
|v. t.||1.||To work at; to work; to till; to cultivate by toil.|
|2.||To form or fabricate with toil, exertion, or care.|
|3.||To prosecute, or perfect, with effort; to urge strenuously; |
|4.||To belabor; to beat.|
|Noun||1.||labor - productive work (especially physical work done for wages); "his labor did not require a great deal of skill"|
|2.||labor - a social class comprising those who do manual labor or work for wages; "there is a shortage of skilled labor in this field"|
|3.||labor - concluding state of pregnancy; from the onset of labor to the birth of a child; "she was in labor for six hours"|
|4.||labor - an organized attempt by workers to improve their status by united action especially via labor unions (especially the leaders of this movement)|
|5.||Labor - a political party formed in Great Britain in 1900; characterized by the promotion of labor's interests and the socialization of key industries|
|6.||Labor - the federal department responsible for promoting the working conditions of wage earners in the United States; created in 1913|
|7.||labor - any piece of work that is undertaken or attempted; "he prepared for great undertakings"|
|Verb||1.||labor - 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"|
|2.||labor - work hard; "She was digging away at her math homework"; "Lexicographers drudge all day long"|
|3.||labor - undergo the efforts of childbirth|
LABOR. Continued operation; work.
2. The labor and skill of one man is frequently used in a partnership, and valued as equal to the capital of another.
3. When business has been done for another, and suit is brought to recover a just reward, there is generally contained in the declaration, a count for work and labor.
4. Where penitentiaries exist, persons who have committed crimes are condemned to be imprisoned therein at labor.