verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Words nearby labor
Origin of labor
SYNONYMS FOR labor
OTHER WORDS FROM labor
synonym study for labor
historical usage of labor
The Latin etymology for labor is obscure: the noun may be related to the verb lābī (which has a long ā ) “to move smoothly, slide” (commonly with implication of downward movement). Lābī in its turn may be related to labāre (with a short a in the root syllable) “to be unsteady on one’s feet, falter, totter.” These derivatives of lāb- and lab- may be related to the Latin nouns labium (the source of English labial ) and labrum, both meaning “lip” and, outside Latin, to the Greek noun lobós “lobe (of the ear, liver, or lung), pod (of a vegetable), slip (of a plant)” (and source of English lobe ).
Definition for labor (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for labor
Expensive day care pushes women out of the labor market while men continue to work outside the home.
Public sector unions have also fractured the labor movement itself.
In Turkey, crime groups in border areas are exploiting the labor of Syrian male refugees who cannot find legitimate employment.ISIS, Boko Haram, and the Growing Role of Human Trafficking in 21st Century Terrorism|Louise I. Shelley|December 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In the summer of 2014, they both were sentenced to 4-1/2 years in a labor camp.Behind Bars for the Holidays: 11 Political Prisoners We Want to See Free In 2015|Movements.Org|December 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“When you attack public sector unions now, you are attacking the heart of the U.S. labor movement,” says Dine.
I discovered that they kept no cattle, nor animals of any kind for food or labor.Mizora: A Prophecy|Mary E. Bradley
Why was he not strong in health and body like the people about him, and yet for whom did he wish to labor?Jack|Alphonse Daudet
Burial became too gigantic a labor, and John and Simon ordered the bodies thrown over the walls to prevent pestilence.The City of Delight|Elizabeth Miller
And to my mother I send compensation for my dead brother's labor.Dust of New York|Konrad Bercovici
Before the men were taken to the various places of labor, they were ranged in single file, and their numbers called out.A Lover in Homespun|F. Clifford Smith