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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 La·bor, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Labored p. pr. & vb. n. Laboring.]  [Written also labour.]
 1. To exert muscular strength; to exert one's strength with painful effort, particularly in servile occupations; to work; to toil.
 Adam, well may we labor still to dress
 This garden.   --Milton.
 2. To exert one's powers of mind in the prosecution of any design; to strive; to take pains.
 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.
    The stone that labors up the hill.   --Granville.
    The line too labors, and the words move slow.   --Pope.
    To cure the disorder under which he labored.   --Sir W. Scott.
    Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.   --Matt. xi. 28
 4. To be in travail; to suffer the pangs of childbirth; to be in labor.
 5. Naut. To pitch or roll heavily, as a ship in a turbulent sea.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 La·bor·ing, a.
 1. That labors; performing labor; esp., performing coarse, heavy work, not requiring skill also, set apart for labor; as, laboring days.
    The sleep of a laboring man is sweet.   --Eccl. v. 12.
 2. Suffering pain or grief.
 Laboring oar, the oar which requires most strength and exertion; often used figuratively; as, to have, or pull, the laboring oar in some difficult undertaking.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj : doing arduous or unpleasant work; "drudging peasants"; "the
            bent backs of laboring slaves picking cotton"; "toiling
            coal miners in the black deeps" [syn: drudging, labouring,