labor
Pronunciation
  • (America) IPA: /ˈleɪ.bɚ/
Noun

labor

  1. Effort expended on a particular task; toil, work.
  2. That which requires hard work for its accomplishment; that which demands effort.
  3. (uncountable) Workers in general; the working class, the workforce; sometimes specifically the labour movement, organised labour.
  4. (uncountable) A political party or force aiming or claiming to represent the interests of labour.
  5. The act of a mother giving birth.
  6. The time period during which a mother gives birth.
  7. (nautical) The pitching or tossing of a vessel which results in the straining of timbers and rigging.
  8. An old measure of land area in Mexico and Texas, approximately 177 acres.
Verb

labor (labors, present participle laboring; past and past participle labored)

  1. US standard spelling of labour#English|labour.

Labor
Proper noun
  1. (Australia, informal) The Australian Labor Party.
    • 1970, Australian Institute of International Affairs, Institute of Pacific Relations, Australia and the Pacific, [http://books.google.com.au/books?id=83Y8-PGrs1QC&pg=PA10&dq=%22Labor%22+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=UHuZT4vEI6qaiQfavvnUBA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22Labor%22%20australia%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 10],
      Nevertheless there is a distinct difference of emphasis, in the sense just indicated, between the two sides of Australian politics. There has always been some international isolationism, too, in Labor circles in Australia.
    • 1984, David Harris Solomon, Australia′s Government and Parliament, [http://books.google.com.au/books?id=_GsWAQAAIAAJ&q=%22Labor%22+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22Labor%22+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=6H2ZT9SRH67ymAXo79meBg&redir_esc=y page 102],
      Labor did not regain office until 1929, and then only for a three-year period.
    • 1995, Brian Galligan, A Federal Republic: Australia′s Constitutional System of Government, [http://books.google.com.au/books?id=x_E8AAAAIAAJ&pg=PA109&dq=%22Labor%22+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=JYCZT4TsJtHqmAXxx93lBQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22Labor%22%20australia%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 109],
      Labor’s formal reconciliation with the federal Constitution during the postwar decades has been a significant development both for the ALP and for Australian politics generally.
  2. (US, Australia) Misspelling of Labour UK political party



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