Labor

Definition of Labor

La´bor   Pronunciation: lā´bẽr
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.
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.
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.
[imp. & p. p. Labored ; p. pr. & vb. n. Laboring.]
Adam, well may we labor still to dress
This garden.
- Milton.
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; 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.
The most excellent lands are lying fallow, or only labored by children.
- W. Tooke.
2.To form or fabricate with toil, exertion, or care.
3.To prosecute, or perfect, with effort; to urge strenuously; as, to labor a point or argument.
4.To belabor; to beat.

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