labour

Primary Meanings of labour

1.
nv
productive work (especially physical work done for wages)
work hard
2.
nv
concluding state of pregnancy; from the onset of contractions to the birth of a child
undergo the efforts of childbirth
Full Definitions of labour
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n productive work (especially physical work done for wages)

Synonyms:
labor, toil
Types:
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roping
capturing cattle or horses with a lasso
corvee
unpaid labor (as for the maintenance of roads) required by a lord of his vassals in lieu of taxes
donkeywork, drudgery, grind, plodding
hard monotonous routine work
effort, elbow grease, exertion, sweat, travail
use of physical or mental energy; hard work
hunt, hunting
the work of finding and killing or capturing animals for food or pelts
hackwork
professional work done according to formula
haymaking
cutting grass and curing it to make hay
manual labor, manual labour
labor done with the hands
overwork, overworking
the act of working too much or too long
slavery
work done under harsh conditions for little or no pay
calf roping
capturing a calf with a lasso and binding its feet
steer roping
capturing a steer with a lasso
canned hunt
a hunt for animals that have been raised on game ranches until they are mature enough to be killed for trophy collections
struggle
strenuous effort
difficulty, trouble
an effort that is inconvenient
least effort, least resistance
the least effortful way to do something
strain, straining
an intense or violent exertion
exercise, exercising, physical exercise, physical exertion, workout
the activity of exerting your muscles in various ways to keep fit
pull
a sustained effort
application, diligence
a diligent effort
overkill
any effort that seems to go farther than would be necessary to achieve its goal
supererogation
an effort above and beyond the call of duty
overexertion
excessive exertion; so much exertion that discomfort or injury results
stalk, stalking, still hunt
a hunt for game carried on by following it stealthily or waiting in ambush
birdnesting
hunting for birds' nests to get the eggs
predation
the act of preying by a predator who kills and eats the prey
detrition, friction, rubbing
effort expended in moving one object over another with pressure
application, coating, covering
the work of applying something
bodywork
the work of making or repairing vehicle bodies
handling
manual (or mechanical) carrying or moving or delivering or working with something
picking
the act of picking (crops or fruit or hops etc.)
planking
the work of covering an area with planks
wiring
the work of installing the wires for an electrical system or device
Type of:
work
activity directed toward making or doing something

n a social class comprising those who do manual labor or work for wages

Synonyms:
labor, proletariat, working class
Types:
labor force, labor pool
the source of trained people from which workers can be hired
lumpenproletariat
(Marxism) the unorganized lower levels of the proletariat who are not interested in revolutionary advancement
organized labor
employees who are represented by a labor union
Type of:
class, social class, socio-economic class, stratum
people having the same social, economic, or educational status

v work hard

Synonyms:
dig, drudge, fag, grind, labor, moil, toil, travail
Type of:
do work, work
be employed

v strive and make an effort to reach a goal

Synonyms:
drive, labor, push, tug
bear on, push
press, drive, or impel (someone) to action or completion of an action
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reach, strain, strive
to exert much effort or energy
extend oneself
strain to the utmost
kill oneself, overexert oneself
strain oneself more than is healthy
bother, inconvenience oneself, trouble, trouble oneself
take the trouble to do something; concern oneself
Type of:
fight, struggle
make a strenuous or labored effort
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n concluding state of pregnancy; from the onset of contractions to the birth of a child

Synonyms:
childbed, confinement, labor, lying-in, parturiency, travail
Types:
premature labor, premature labour
labor beginning prior to the 37th week of gestation
Type of:
birth, birthing, giving birth, parturition
the process of giving birth

v undergo the efforts of childbirth

Synonyms:
labor
Type of:
undergo
pass through

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