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.
Intellectual exertion; mental effort; as, the labor of compiling a history.
That which requires hard work for its accomplishment; that which demands effort.
Travail; the pangs and efforts of childbirth.
Any pang or distress.
The pitching or tossing of a vessel which results in the straining of timbers and rigging.
A measure of land in Mexico and Texas, equivalent to an area of 177/ acres.
To exert muscular strength; to exert one's strength with painful effort, particularly in servile occupations; to work; to toil.
To exert one's powers of mind in the prosecution of any design; to strive; to take pains.
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.
To be in travail; to suffer the pangs of childbirth.
To pitch or roll heavily, as a ship in a turbulent sea.
To work at; to work; to till; to cultivate by toil.
To form or fabricate with toil, exertion, or care.
To prosecute, or perfect, with effort; to urge stre/uously; as, to labor a point or argument.
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
It was the labor movement that helped secure so much of what we take for granted today. The 40-hour work week, the minimum wage, family leave, health insurance, Social Security, Medicare, retirement plans. The cornerstones of the middle-class security all bear the union label. Barack Obama