Definition of Labor

1. Noun. A social class comprising those who do manual labor or work for wages. "There is a shortage of skilled labor in this field"

Exact synonyms: Labour, Proletariat, Working Class
Generic synonyms: Class, Social Class, Socio-economic Class, Stratum
Specialized synonyms: Labor Force, Labor Pool, Lumpenproletariat, Organized Labor
Member holonyms: Prole, Proletarian, Worker
Derivative terms: Proletarian

2. Verb. Strive and make an effort to reach a goal. "She is driving away at her doctoral thesis"
Exact synonyms: Drive, Labour, Push, Tug
Related verbs: Bear On, Push
Specialized synonyms: Reach, Strain, Strive
Generic synonyms: Fight, Struggle
Derivative terms: Drive, Laborer, Labour, Push
Also: Push On

3. Noun. Productive work (especially physical work done for wages). "His labor did not require a great deal of skill"

4. Verb. Work hard. "Lexicographers drudge all day long"
Exact synonyms: Dig, Drudge, Fag, Grind, Labour, Moil, Toil, Travail
Generic synonyms: Do Work, Work
Derivative terms: Drudge, Drudge, Drudgery, Grind, Grind, Laborer, Labour, Labourer, Toil, Toiler, Travail

5. Noun. Concluding state of pregnancy; from the onset of contractions to the birth of a child. "She was in labor for six hours"

6. Verb. Undergo the efforts of childbirth.
Exact synonyms: Labour
Entails: Bear, Birth, Deliver, Give Birth, Have
Generic synonyms: Undergo
Derivative terms: Labour

7. Noun. An organized attempt by workers to improve their status by united action (particularly via labor unions) or the leaders of this movement.

8. Noun. A political party formed in Great Britain in 1900; characterized by the promotion of labor's interests and formerly the socialization of key industries.
Exact synonyms: British Labour Party, Labour, Labour Party
Generic synonyms: Labor Party, Labour Party
Member holonyms: Labourite

9. Noun. The federal department responsible for promoting the working conditions of wage earners in the United States; created in 1913.

10. Noun. Any piece of work that is undertaken or attempted. "He prepared for great undertakings"

Definition of Labor

1. n. 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. v. i. To exert muscular strength; to exert one's strength with painful effort, particularly in servile occupations; to work; to toil.

3. v. t. To work at; to work; to till; to cultivate by toil.

4. n. A stope or set of stopes.

Definition of Labor

1. Proper noun. (Australia informal) The Australian Labor Party. ¹

2. Noun. Effort expended on a particular task; toil, work. ¹

3. Noun. Workers collectively; the workforce; the working class. ¹

4. Noun. The labor union movement; organized labor. ¹

5. Noun. The act of a mother giving birth or the time period during which a mother gives birth. ¹

6. Verb. (American English) spelling of labour; see British/Commonwealth entry for definitions, etymology, pronunciation, translations, etc. ¹

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Definition of Labor

1. to work [v -ED, -ING, -S] - See also: work

Lexicographical Neighbors of Labor

labium limbi vestibulare laminae spiralis
labium mediale lineae asperae
labium superius oris
labium vocale
labor agreement
labor camp
labor camps
labor coach
labor contract
labor force
labor leader
labor market
labor markets
labor movement
labor organizer
labor pain

Literary usage of Labor

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Annual ReportLabor laws and legislation (1907)

2. Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature by Anna Lorraine Guthrie, Marion A. Knight, H.W. Wilson Company, Estella E. Painter (1920)
"J Crim Law 10:283 Ag '19 8re also Hours of labor; Newsboys Poetry Two poems. ... Child Labor Bui 5:132 N '16 Great Britain Child labor after the war. ..."

3. Opportunity 2000: Creative Affirmative Action Strategies for a Changing (1988)
"Traditional sources of labor are rapidly shrinking. And many members of the potential "new workforce"—women, minorities, the economically disadvantaged, ..."

4. The Principles of Political Economy Applied to the Condition, the Resources by Francis Bowen (1856)
"Still it is true, in the last analysis, as already stated, that the creation of all value can be traced to labor alone. Capital itself is created by labor, ..."

5. Principles of Economics by Frank William Taussig (1915)
"CHAPTER 1 OF WEALTH AND Labor § l]_To define with accuracy the scope and contents of economics is not of importance in the earlier stages of its study. ..."

6. Principles of Economics by Frank William Taussig (1911)
"CHAPTER 1 OF WEALTH AND Labor § 1. To define with accuracy the scope and contents of economics is not of importance in the earlier ..."

7. Out of Their Own Mouths: A Revelation and an Indictment of Sovietism by Samuel Gompers, William English Walling (1921)
"This resolution contains a very conservative statement of the anti-labor and anti-democratic nature of the Soviet dictatorship and the reasons of organized ..."

8. The Ancient Lowly: A History of the Ancient Working People from the Earliest by Cyrenus Osborne Ward (1900)
"... Solon —Politically Organized Workmen Outnumber the Patrician Party—Voted Out—Rome Ruled by the Labor Party for five Years—A Great Victory Expunged from ..."

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