1. [ noun ] (work,sociology) a social class comprising those who do manual labor or work for wages
Synonyms: labor proletariat working_class

"there is a shortage of skilled labor in this field"

Related terms: class labor_force prole
2. [ noun ] (biology,obstetrics) concluding state of pregnancy; from the onset of labor to the birth of a child
Synonyms: confinement parturiency lying-in travail childbed labor

"she was in labor for six hours"

Related terms: parturition premature_labor pregnancy effacement asynclitism uterine_contraction
3. [ noun ] (politics) a political party formed in Great Britain in 1900; characterized by the promotion of labor's interests and the socialization of key industries
Synonyms: Labor_Party Labor Labour_Party
Related terms: party Labourite
4. [ verb ] exert oneself, make an effort to reach a goal
Synonyms: labor push drive tug

"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"

Related terms: fight strive press_on push undertaking labor campaign laborer
5. [ verb ] (work) work hard
Synonyms: toil grind labor moil travail dig drudge fag

"She was digging away at her math homework" "Lexicographers drudge all day long"

Related terms: work undertaking labor effort laborer drudgery drudge swot
6. [ verb ] undergo the efforts of childbirth
Synonyms: labor
Related terms: experience give_birth
7. [ noun ] (work) productive work (especially physical work done for wages)
Synonyms: labor toil

"his labor did not require a great deal of skill"

Related terms: work effort drudgery manual_labor hunt hackwork overwork haymaking corvee slavery roping labor
Similar spelling:   labor