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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.
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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