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

Definition for labor (2 of 2)

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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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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