labour

[ ley-ber ]
/ ˈleɪ bər /
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noun, verb (used with or without object), adjective Chiefly British.


Nearby words

  1. laboriously,
  2. laborism,
  3. laborite,
  4. labors of hercules,
  5. laborsaving,
  6. labour and socialist international,
  7. labour camp,
  8. labour day,
  9. labour exchange,
  10. labour law

Related formsan·ti·la·bour, adjective

Usage note

See -or1.

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.

ANTONYMS FOR labor
1, 4. idleness; leisure. 1, 4, 9. rest.

Related forms
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British Dictionary definitions for labour

labour

US labor

/ (ˈleɪbə) /

noun

verb

Derived Formslabouringly or US laboringly, adverb

Word Origin for labour

C13: via Old French from Latin labor; perhaps related to lābī to fall

labor

/ (ˈleɪbə) /

verb, noun

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

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 labour

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 labour

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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