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Definition of 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

Child labor perpetuates poverty, unemployment, illiteracy, population growth, and other social problems.
Kailash Satyarthi

If all the cars in the United States were placed end to end, it would probably be Labor Day Weekend.
Doug Larson

I am afraid that the schools will prove the very gates of hell, unless they diligently labor in explaining the Holy Scriptures and engraving them in the heart of the youth.
Martin Luther

In the end, the American dream is not a sprint, or even a marathon, but a relay. Our families don't always cross the finish line in the span of one generation. But each generation passes on to the next the fruits of their labor.
Julian Castro
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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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