Nearby words

  1. labioversion,
  2. labium,
  3. lablab,
  4. labneh,
  5. labonza,
  6. labor and socialist international,
  7. labor camp,
  8. labor day,
  9. labor force,
  10. labor market

Also especially British, la·bour.

Origin of labor

1250–1300; Middle English labour < Middle French < Latin labōr- (stem of labor) work

SYNONYMS FOR labor
2. working people, working class. 4. exertion. See work. 6. parturition, delivery. 9. drudge. 14. overdo.

Related forms

labor omnia vincit

[ lah-bohr ohm-nee-ah wing-kit; English ley-ber om-nee-uh vin-sit ]
/ ˈlɑ boʊr ˈoʊm niˌɑ ˈwɪŋ kɪt; English ˈleɪ bər ˈɒm ni ə ˈvɪn sɪt /

Latin.

work conquers all: motto of Oklahoma.
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British Dictionary definitions for labor

labor

/ (ˈleɪbə) /

verb, noun

the US spelling of labour
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Word Origin and History for labor
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Medicine definitions for labor

labor

[ lābər ]

n.

The physical efforts of expulsion of the fetus and the placenta from the uterus during parturition.

v.

To undergo the efforts of childbirth.

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Science definitions for labor

labor

[ lābər ]

The process by which the birth of a mammal occurs, beginning with contractions of the uterus and ending with the expulsion of the fetus and the placenta.
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Culture definitions for labor

labor

The physical processes at the end of a normal pregnancy, including opening of the cervix and contractions of the uterus, that lead to the birth of the baby.

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