Definition of Labour
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"
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. Work hard. "Lexicographers drudge all day long"
Generic synonyms: Do Work, Work
Derivative terms: Drudge, Drudge, Drudgery, Grind, Grind, Labor, Labor, Laborer, Labourer, Toil, Toiler, Travail
3. Noun. Concluding state of pregnancy; from the onset of contractions to the birth of a child. "She was in labor for six hours"
Terms within: Uterine Contraction, Effacement, Asynclitism, Obliquity
Generic synonyms: Birth, Birthing, Giving Birth, Parturition
Group relationships: Gestation, Maternity, Pregnancy
Specialized synonyms: Premature Labor, Premature Labour
Derivative terms: Labor, Parturient, Parturient
4. Verb. Strive and make an effort to reach a goal. "She is driving away at her doctoral thesis"
Related verbs: Bear On, Push
Specialized synonyms: Reach, Strain, Strive
Generic synonyms: Fight, Struggle
Derivative terms: Drive, Labor, Laborer, Push
Also: Push On
5. 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.
Generic synonyms: Labor Party, Labour Party
Member holonyms: Labourite
6. Verb. Undergo the efforts of childbirth.
Entails: Bear, Birth, Deliver, Give Birth, Have
Generic synonyms: Undergo
Derivative terms: Labor
7. Noun. Productive work (especially physical work done for wages). "His labor did not require a great deal of skill"
Specialized synonyms: Roping, Corvee, Donkeywork, Drudgery, Grind, Plodding, Effort, Elbow Grease, Exertion, Sweat, Travail, Hunt, Hunting, Hackwork, Haymaking, Manual Labor, Manual Labour, Overwork, Overworking, Slavery
Generic synonyms: Work
Derivative terms: Labor, Laborious, Toil
Definition of Labour
1. Proper noun. Short for the Labour Party. ¹
2. Noun. Effort expended on a particular task; toil, work. ¹
3. Noun. Workers in general; the working class, the workforce; ''sometimes specifically'' the labour movement, organised labour. ¹
4. Noun. A political party or force aiming or claiming to represent the interests of labour. ¹
5. Noun. The act of a mother giving birth ¹
6. Noun. The time period during which a mother gives birth. ¹
7. Verb. (intransitive) To toil, to work. ¹
8. Verb. (transitive) To belabour, to emphasise or expand upon (a point in a debate, etc). ¹
¹ Source: wiktionary.com
Definition of Labour
1. to labor [v -ED, -ING, -S] - See also: labor
Medical Definition of Labour
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Lexicographical Neighbors of Labour
Literary usage of Labour
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. Capital: A Critique of Political Economy by Karl Marx (1906)
"In this case he produces no surplus-value, for the buyer of his labour, ... But it is on this very basis that he sells his labour and that his labour is ..."
2. OECD Economic Surveys: Slovak Republic by OECD Staff (2005)
"A new housing policy is required to improve inter-regional labour mobility Like many ... As a result, economies with high labour mobility tend to experience ..."
3. The Lancet (1842)
"cing premature labour waa nut less striking, although the degree of distortion waa so great that a child of seven mouths could not be born alive. 1. ..."
4. An Inquiry Into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, James Edwin Thorold Rogers (1869)
"Taxes upon the Wages of labour. The wages of the inferior classes of workmen, I have endeavoured to show in the First Book, are everywhere necessarily ..."
5. The Cambridge Modern History by John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton Acton, Ernest Alfred Benians, George Walter Prothero, Sir Adolphus William Ward (1907)
"The produce of labour constitutes the natural recompense or wages of labour." In the original state of things, which precedes both the appropriation of land ..."