His hollow voice and laboured breath gave the lie to his assertion.
That was the thing that, as the minutes laboured by, Faxon was becoming most conscious of.
He had urged his predecessor to permit the divorce; at Bologna he had laboured to persuade the Emperor to consent to it.
It's laboured breathing and glazing eye showed that it was not far from its end.
The rains had now set in, but the English laboured steadily at their batteries.
He was very pale, and they could hear his laboured breathing.
We laboured under the impression that you were to be compliant as best suits the love we have ever borne to your community.
Wau overtook him, and then others, and he coughed and laboured in his breath.
It was the jealous cruelty of Pharaoh which drew down upon his country the very perils he laboured to turn away.
Consider that I laboured not for myself only, but for all them that seek learning.
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.