labor

I
(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
n. work, toil, effort; travail, task; proletariat. See exertion, populace.
II
(Roget's IV) n.
1. [The act of doing work]
Syn. activity, toil, operation; see work 2 .
2. [WOrk to be done]
Syn. task, employment, undertaking; see job 2 .
3. [Exertion required in work]
Syn. effort, exertion, energy, industry, diligence, strain, stress, pull, push, drudgery, travail; see also effort 1 , exercise 1 .
4. [The body of workers]
Syn. laborers, employees, wage earners, workers, workingmen, operatives, proletariat, blue-collar workers, work force, labor force, working people, employee(s); see also labor union , worker .
Ant. employer*, capitalist, businessperson.
5. [Childbirth]
Syn. parturition, giving birth, contractions, labor pains; see birth 1 .
v.
Syn. work, toil, strive; see work 1 .
III
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) n.
1. work effort, toil, *sweat of one's brow, exertion, struggle, *plugging, *blood, sweat and tears, energy, *grind, strain, *grunt work, *elbow grease. ''The grand conqueror, enriching and building up nations more surely than the proudest battles.''—William Channing. ''The capital of our workingmen.''—Grover Cleveland.
2. birth process contractions, parturition. see birth, baby, pregnancy
ANT.: 1. rest, leisure, relaxation
IV
(Roget's Thesaurus II) I noun 1. Physical exertion that is usually difficult and exhausting: drudgery, moil, toil, travail, work. Informal: sweat. Chiefly British: fag. Idiom: sweat of one's brow. See WORK. 2. The act or process of bringing forth young: accouchement, birth, birthing, childbearing, childbirth, delivery, lying-in, parturition, travail. See START. II verb 1. To exert one's mental or physical powers, usually under difficulty and to the point of exhaustion: drive, fag, moil, strain1, strive, sweat, toil, travail, tug, work. Idiom: break one's back (or neck). See WORK. 2. To express at greater length or in greater detail: amplify, develop, dilate, elaborate, enlarge, expand, expatiate. See EXPLAIN.

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  • Labor — La bor, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Labored}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Laboring}.] [OE. labouren, F. labourer, L. laborare. See {Labor}, n.] [Written also {labour}.] 1. To exert muscular strength; to exert one s strength with painful effort, particularly in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • labor — [n1] work, undertaking activity, chore, daily grind, diligence, drudgery, effort, employment, endeavor, energy, exercise, exertion, grind*, gruntwork*, industry, job, moonlight*, operation, pains*, pull, push, strain, stress, struggle, sweat,… …   New thesaurus

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