A woman in labor.
- The definition of labor is physical or mental work or effort.
- An example of labor is studying hard for a test.
- An example of labor is a woman giving birth to a baby.
- To labor is defined as to work hard.
An example of to labor is to carry a heavy load up a hill.
- physical or mental exertion; work; toil
- a specific task; piece of work
- all wage-earning workers as a group
- all manual workers whose work is characterized largely by physical exertion
- labor unions collectively
- the work accomplished by, or the role in production of, all workers, esp. workers for wages
- [L-] Labor Party
- Med. the process or period of childbirth; parturition; esp., the muscular contractions of giving birth
Origin of laborOld French from L, labor, origin, originally , hardship, pain, probably from base of labi, to slip, totter: see lap
- to work; toil
- to work hard; exert oneself to get or do something; strive
- to move slowly and with difficulty: the car labored up the hill
- to pitch and roll heavily: the ship labored in the rough sea
- to be afflicted or burdened with a liability or limitation (with under): to labor under a delusion
- to undergo, and suffer the pains of, childbirth
Origin of laborME laboren < OFr laborer < L laborare < the n.
Origin of laborearlier elabour < Fr élaborer: see elaborate
- Physical or mental exertion, especially when difficult or exhausting; work. See Synonyms at work.
- A specific task or effort, especially a painful or arduous one: “Eating the bread was a labor I put myself through to quiet my stomach” ( Gail Anderson-Dargatz )
- A particular form of work or method of working: manual labor.
- Work for wages: businesses paying more for labor.
- a. Workers considered as a group.b. The trade union movement, especially its officials.
- Labor A political party representing workers' interests, especially in Great Britain.
- The process by which childbirth occurs, beginning with contractions of the uterus and ending with the expulsion of the fetus or infant and the placenta.
verbla·bored, la·bor·ing, la·bors
- To work; toil: labored in the fields.
- To strive painstakingly: labored over the needlepoint.
- a. To proceed with great effort; plod: labored up the hill.b. Nautical To pitch and roll.
- To suffer from distress or a disadvantage: labored under the misconception that others were cooperating.
- To undergo the labor of childbirth.
- To deal with in exhaustive or excessive detail; belabor: labor a point in the argument.
- To distress; burden: I will not labor you with trivial matters.
- Of or relating to labor.
- Labor Of or relating to a Labor Party.
Origin of laborMiddle English from Old French labour from Latin labor
(third-person singular simple present labors, present participle laboring, simple past and past participle labored)
- (Australia, informal) The Australian Labor Party.
While it is standard practice in Australian English to spell the word labour with a letter u, the Party has spelt it without since 1912, when then Labour cabinet minister King O'Malley advocated the change. At the time, it seemed likely that Australia would move to American spellings.