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Definition of Labor

Labor

  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; as, the labor of compiling a history.
  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. 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/ acres.
  8. To exert muscular strength; to exert one's strength with painful effort, particularly in servile occupations; to work; to toil.
  9. To exert one's powers of mind in the prosecution of any design; to strive; to take pains.
  10. 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.
  11. To be in travail; to suffer the pangs of childbirth.
  12. To pitch or roll heavily, as a ship in a turbulent sea.
  13. To work at; to work; to till; to cultivate by toil.
  14. To form or fabricate with toil, exertion, or care.
  15. To prosecute, or perfect, with effort; to urge stre/uously; as, to labor a point or argument.
  16. To belabor; to beat.
  17. A store or set of stopes.

Labor Quotations

It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better things.
Theodore Roosevelt

Peace demands the most heroic labor and the most difficult sacrifice. It demands greater heroism than war. It demands greater fidelity to the truth and a much more perfect purity of conscience.
Thomas Merton

All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

A garden requires patient labor and attention. Plants do not grow merely to satisfy ambitions or to fulfill good intentions. They thrive because someone expended effort on them.
Liberty Hyde Bailey

Child labor and poverty are inevitably bound together and if you continue to use the labor of children as the treatment for the social disease of poverty, you will have both poverty and child labor to the end of time.
Grace Abbott
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Labor Translations

labor in German is Arbeit {f}
labor in Latin is opera, nixor, operor, labor laboris, opus operis
labor in Swedish is arbeta
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