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Meaning of LABOR

Pronunciation:  'leybur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  productive work (especially physical work done for wages); "his labor did not require a great deal of skill"
  2. [n]  any piece of work that is undertaken or attempted; "he prepared for great undertakings"
  3. [n]  the federal department responsible for promoting the working conditions of wage earners; created in 1913
  4. [n]  a social class comprising those who do manual labor or work for wages; "there is a shortage of skilled labor in this field"
  5. [n]  a political party formed in Great Britain in 1900; characterized by the promotion of labor's interests and the socialization of key industries
  6. [n]  an organized attempt by workers to improve their status by united action especially via labor unions (especially the leaders of this movement)
  7. [n]  concluding state of pregnancy; from the onset of labor to the birth of a child; "she was in labor for six hours"
  8. [v]  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"
  9. [v]  work hard; "She was digging away at her math homework"; "Lexicographers drudge all day long"

LABOR is a 5 letter word that starts with L.


 Synonyms: childbed, confinement, Department of Labor, dig, drive, drudge, fag, grind, Labor Department, labor movement, Labor Party, labour, labour, labour, labour, Labour Party, lying-in, moil, parturiency, project, proletariat, push, task, toil, toil, trade union movement, travail, travail, tug, undertaking, working class
 See Also: adventure, assignment, asynclitism, baby, birth, birthing, breeze, brotherhood, child's play, cinch, class, corvee, dangerous undertaking, do work, donkeywork, drudgery, duck soup, effacement, effort, elbow grease, endeavor, endeavour, endurance contest, enterprise, escapade, executive department, exertion, fight, gestation, giving birth, grind, hackwork, haymaking, hunt, hunting, International Workers of the World, IWW, labor force, labor of love, labor pool, labor union, labour of love, Labourite, large order, manual labor, manual labour, marathon, no-brainer, obliquity, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, OSHA, overwork, overworking, parturition, party, picnic, piece of cake, plodding, plough on, political party, pregnancy, premature labor, premature labour, press on, prole, proletarian, push on, pushover, reach, reform movement, risky venture, roping, slavery, snap, social class, socio-economic class, strain, strive, struggle, sweat, tall order, trade union, trade unioniam, trades union, travail, union, unionism, uterine contraction, venture, walkover, Woblies, work, work, worker



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \La"bor\, n. [OE. labour, OF. labour, laber, labur, F.
    labeur, L. labor; cf. Gr. lamba`nein to take, Skr. labh to
    get, seize.] [Written also {labour}.]
    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.
             God hath set Labor and rest, as day and night, to
             men Successive.                       --Milton.
    2. Intellectual exertion; mental effort; as, the labor of
       compiling a history.
    3. That which requires hard work for its accomplishment; that
       which demands effort.
             Being a labor of so great a difficulty, the exact
             performance thereof we may rather wish than look
             for.                                  --Hooker.
    4. Travail; the pangs and efforts of childbirth.
             The queen's in labor, They say, in great extremity;
             and feared She'll with the labor end. --Shak.
    5. Any pang or distress. --Shak.
    6. (Naut.) The pitching or tossing of a vessel which results
       in the straining of timbers and rigging.
    7. [Sp.] A measure of land in Mexico and Texas, equivalent to
       an area of 1771/7 acres. --Bartlett.
    Syn: Work; toil; drudgery; task; exertion; effort; industry;
         painstaking. See {Toll}.
  2. \La"bor\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Labored}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Laboring}.] [OE. labouren, F. labourer, L. laborare. See
    {Labor}, n.] [Written also {labour}.]
    1. To exert muscular strength; to exert one's strength with
       painful effort, particularly in servile occupations; to
       work; to toil.
             Adam, well may we labor still to dress This garden.
    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.
             The stone that labors up the hill.    --Granville.
             The line too labors,and the words move slow. --Pope.
             To cure the disorder under which he labored. --Sir
                                                   W. Scott.
             Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden,
             and I will give you rest.             --Matt. xi. 28
    4. To be in travail; to suffer the pangs of childbirth.
    5. (Naut.) To pitch or roll heavily, as a ship in a turbulent
       sea. -- Totten.
  3. \La"bor\, v. t. [F. labourer, L. laborare.]
    1. To work at; to work; to till; to cultivate by toil.
             The most excellent lands are lying fallow, or only
             labored by children.                  --W. Tooke.
    2. To form or fabricate with toil, exertion, or care. ``To
       labor arms for Troy.'' --Dryden.
    3. To prosecute, or perfect, with effort; to urge
       stre?uously; as, to labor a point or argument.
    4. To belabor; to beat. [Obs.] --Dryden.
  4. \La"bor\, n. (Mining.)
    A store or set of stopes. [Sp. Amer.]
Medical Dictionary
 Definition: Periodic rhythmical contraction of the uterus which opens the cervix and leads to the birth of a baby.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming that you are laboring, foretells of favorable outlook in any new undertaking. Seeing men laboring in your dream means fruitful enterprise and vitality in your health.
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: Labor is the sequence of events including uterine contractions, dilatation and effacement of the cervix (the mouth of the uterus), and the attempt to push the fetus down and out of the vagina. It is common in text books to describe the 3 stages of labor:
  • first stage: from the onset of labor (characterized by regular uterine contractions that in time becomes more frequent, more intense and is of longer duration) to full dilatation of the cervix (10 cm).
  • second stage: from the time when the cervix is fully dilated to the birth of the infant.
  • third stage: from the birth of the infant to the time when the placenta is delivered.
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