labour
Labor La"bor (l[=a]"b[~e]r), n. [OE. labour, OF. labour, laber, labur, F. labeur, L. labor; cf. Gr. lamba`nein to take, Skr. labh to get, seize.] [Written also {labour}.] 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. [1913 Webster]

God hath set Labor and rest, as day and night, to men Successive. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. Intellectual exertion; mental effort; as, the labor of compiling a history. [1913 Webster]

3. That which requires hard work for its accomplishment; that which demands effort. [1913 Webster]

Being a labor of so great a difficulty, the exact performance thereof we may rather wish than look for. --Hooker. [1913 Webster]

4. Travail; the pangs and efforts of childbirth. [1913 Webster]

The queen's in labor, They say, in great extremity; and feared She'll with the labor end. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

5. Any pang or distress. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

6. (Naut.) The pitching or tossing of a vessel which results in the straining of timbers and rigging. [1913 Webster]

7. [Sp.] A measure of land in Mexico and Texas, equivalent to an area of 1771/7 acres. --Bartlett.

8. (Mining.) A stope or set of stopes. [Sp. Amer.] [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

Syn: Work; toil; drudgery; task; exertion; effort; industry; painstaking. See {Toll}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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