Labour

Noun

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

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.
  • (transitive) To belabour, to emphasise or expand upon (a point in a debate, etc).

    "I think we've all got the idea. There's no need to labour the point."

  • (nautical) To pitch or roll heavily, as a ship in a turbulent sea.
  • (intransitive) To toil, to work.
  • To suffer the pangs of childbirth.

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