Associations to the word «Labour»

Wiktionary

LABOUR, noun. Effort expended on a particular task; toil, work.
LABOUR, noun. That which requires hard work for its accomplishment; that which demands effort.
LABOUR, noun. (uncountable) Workers in general; the working class, the workforce; sometimes specifically the labour movement, organised labour.
LABOUR, noun. (uncountable) A political party or force aiming or claiming to represent the interests of labour.
LABOUR, noun. The act of a mother giving birth.
LABOUR, noun. The time period during which a mother gives birth.
LABOUR, noun. (nautical) The pitching or tossing of a vessel which results in the straining of timbers and rigging.
LABOUR, noun. An old measure of land area in Mexico and Texas, approximately 177 acres.
LABOUR, verb. (intransitive) To toil, to work.
LABOUR, verb. (transitive) To belabour, to emphasise or expand upon (a point in a debate, etc).
LABOUR, verb. To be oppressed with difficulties or disease; to do one's work under conditions which make it especially hard or wearisome; to move slowly, as against opposition, or under a burden.
LABOUR, verb. To suffer the pangs of childbirth.
LABOUR, verb. (nautical) To pitch or roll heavily, as a ship in a turbulent sea.
LABOUR, proper noun. Short for the Labour Party.
LABOUR CAMP, noun. A type of prison where prisoners are obliged to do forced labour, usually outdoors.
LABOUR CAMPS, noun. Plural of labour camp
LABOUR FORCE, noun. The collective group of people who are available for employment, whether currently employed or unemployed (though sometimes only those unemployed people who are seeking work are included).
LABOUR LAW, noun. (UK) (Canada) the body of statute law that regulates the relationship between employer, employee, labour union and government.
LABOUR MARKET, noun. Alternative form of labor market
LABOUR OF LOVE, noun. (idiomatic) UK spelling of labor of love
LABOUR PARTY, proper noun. (British) A political organization representing labour.
LABOUR PARTY, proper noun. Any of a number of political parties of various nationalities, often opposed to conservative parties.
LABOUR RELATIONS, noun. Industrial relations
LABOUR UNION, noun. (Canada) (British spelling) Alternative spelling of labor union
LABOUR UNIONS, noun. Plural of labour union

Dictionary definition

LABOUR, noun. A social class comprising those who do manual labor or work for wages; "there is a shortage of skilled labor in this field".
LABOUR, noun. Concluding state of pregnancy; from the onset of contractions to the birth of a child; "she was in labor for six hours".
LABOUR, 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.
LABOUR, noun. Productive work (especially physical work done for wages); "his labor did not require a great deal of skill".
LABOUR, verb. Work hard; "She was digging away at her math homework"; "Lexicographers drudge all day long".
LABOUR, verb. 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".
LABOUR, verb. Undergo the efforts of childbirth.

Wise words

In words, as fashions, the same rule will hold; Alike fantastic, if too new, or old: Be not the first by whom the new are tried, Nor yet the last to lay the old aside.
Alexander Pope