Labored
Labor La"bor, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Labored}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Laboring}.] [OE. labouren, F. labourer, L. laborare. See {Labor}, n.] [Written also {labour}.] 1. To exert muscular strength; to exert one's strength with painful effort, particularly in servile occupations; to work; to toil. [1913 Webster]

Adam, well may we labor still to dress This garden. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. To exert one's powers of mind in the prosecution of any design; to strive; to take pains. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

The stone that labors up the hill. --Granville. [1913 Webster]

The line too labors, and the words move slow. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

To cure the disorder under which he labored. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. --Matt. xi. 28 [1913 Webster]

4. To be in travail; to suffer the pangs of childbirth; to be in labor. [1913 Webster]

5. (Naut.) To pitch or roll heavily, as a ship in a turbulent sea. --Totten. [1913 Webster]


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  • Labored — La bored, a. 1. Bearing marks of labor and effort; elaborately wrought; not easy or natural; as, labored poetry; a labored style. [1913 Webster] 2. appearing to require strong effort; as, labored breathing. Syn: heavy, laboured. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • labored — labored; un·labored; …   English syllables

  • labored — index difficult, elaborate, painstaking, ponderous Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • labored — (adj.) also laboured, learned, mid 15c., pp. adjective from LABOR (Cf. labor) (v.). Meaning done with much labor is from c.1600 …   Etymology dictionary

  • labored — *forced, strained, farfetched Analogous words: *heavy, ponderous, weighty: *awkward, clumsy, maladroit, inept: *stiff, wooden, rigid …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • labored — [adj] difficult to understand, unclear affected, arduous, awkward, clumsy, contrived, effortful, forced, hard, heavy, inept, maladroit, operose, overdone, overwrought, ponderous, stiff, strained, strenuous, studied, toilsome, unnatural, uphill*,… …   New thesaurus

  • labored — [lā′bərd] adj. made or done with great effort; not effortless and natural; strained …   English World dictionary

  • labored — adjective Date: 1608 produced or performed with labor < labored breathing >; also lacking ease of expression < a labored speech > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • labored — laboredly, adv. laboredness, n. /lay beuhrd/, adj. 1. done or made with difficulty; heavy: labored breathing. 2. exhibiting a great deal of effort; lacking grace, fluency, or spontaneity: a labored prose style. [1525 35; LABOR + ED2] Syn. 2.… …   Universalium

  • labored — la|bored [ leıbərd ] adjective 1. ) speaking, writing, or performing in a way that is not natural or interesting because it seems as though you are making too much effort: I thought the book was rather labored in parts. 2. ) if someone s… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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