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


From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Medical Dictionary 英漢醫學字典

 la·bour /ˈlebɚ/ 名詞

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 La·bor n.  [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.
 God hath set
 Labor and rest, as day and night, to men
 Successive.   --Milton.
 2. Intellectual exertion; mental effort; as, the labor of compiling a history.
 3. That which requires hard work for its accomplishment; that which demands effort.
    Being a labor of so great a difficulty, the exact performance thereof we may rather wish than look for.   --Hooker.
 4. Travail; the pangs and efforts of childbirth.
 The queen's in labor,
 They say, in great extremity; and feared
 She'll with the labor end.   --Shak.
 5. Any pang or distress.
 6. Naut. The pitching or tossing of a vessel which results in the straining of timbers and rigging.
 7.  A measure of land in Mexico and Texas, equivalent to an area of 177¹/₇ acres.
 8. Mining.  A stope or set of stopes. [Sp. Amer.]
 Syn: -- Work; toil; drudgery; task; exertion; effort; industry; painstaking. See Toll.

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: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: a social class comprising those who do manual labor or work
           for wages; "there is a shortage of skilled labor in this
           field" [syn: labor, working class, proletariat]
      2: concluding state of pregnancy; from the onset of labor to
         the birth of a child; "she was in labor for six hours"
         [syn: parturiency, labor, confinement, lying-in, travail,
      3: a political party formed in Great Britain in 1900;
         characterized by the promotion of labor's interests and
         the socialization of key industries [syn: Labour Party,
         Labor Party, Labor]
      4: productive work (especially physical work done for wages);
         "his labor did not require a great deal of skill" [syn: labor,
      v 1: work hard; "She was digging away at her math homework";
           "Lexicographers drudge all day long" [syn: labor, toil,
            fag, travail, grind, drudge, dig, moil]
      2: strive and make an effort to reach a goal; "She tugged for
         years to make a decent living"; "We have to push a little
         to make the deadline!"; "She is driving away at her
         doctoral thesis" [syn: tug, labor, push, drive]
      3: undergo the efforts of childbirth [syn: labor]