Rescue workers had been laboring at ground zero every hour since the disaster.
Ruettiger struggled to even get admitted to Notre Dame, laboring through junior college where he was diagnosed as dyslexic.
Does “laboring” to form “geometrically perfect spheres” sound like a good time?
Give strength and wisdom to the lawyers and judges who are laboring diligently at this moment.
Workers responded by laboring harder and longer and bearing more children in a desperate attempt to outrun their Malthusian trap.
After a little, both aunts were laboring upon a difficult and baffling work in Helen's chamber.
Robert Burns, the Scotch poet, was the son of a laboring man.
He learned that the laboring man who lived next door was one of the finest men he ever knew.
They would then have a feast, provided by the one in whose behalf they were laboring.
The fact that Brede was confined there brought to a climax the excitement under which the school had been laboring for a week.
c.1300, "a task, a project;" later "exertion of the body; trouble, difficulty, hardship" (late 14c.), from Old French labor "labor, toil, work, exertion, task" (12c., Modern French labeur), from Latin laborem (nominative labor) "labor, toil, exertion; hardship, pain, fatigue; a work, a product of labor," of uncertain origin, perhaps originally from the notion of "tottering under a burden," and related to labere "to totter."
Meaning "body of laborers considered as a class" (usually contrasted to capitalists) is from 1839. Sense of "physical exertions of childbirth" is 1590s, earlier labour of birthe (early 15c.), a sense also found in Old French, and cf. French en travail "in (childbirth) suffering" (see travail). Labor Day first marked 1882 in New York City.
late 14c., "perform manual or physical work; work hard; keep busy; take pains, strive, endeavor" (also "copulate"), from Old French laborer "work, toil; struggle, have difficulty," from Latin laborare, from labor (see labor (n.)). The verb in modern French, Spanish, Portuguese means "to plow;" the wider sense being taken by the equivalent of English travail. Sense of "to endure pain, suffer" is early 15c., especially in phrase labor of child. Related: Labored; laboring.
labor la·bor (lā'bər)
The physical efforts of expulsion of the fetus and the placenta from the uterus during parturition. v. la·bored, la·bor·ing, la·bors
To undergo the efforts of childbirth.