Labor in a sentence

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Definition of Labor

  • Physical toil or bodily exertion, especially when fatiguing, irksome, or unavoidable, in distinction from sportive exercise; hard, muscular effort directed to some useful end, as agriculture, manufactures, and like; servile toil; exertion; work.
  • Intellectual exertion; mental effort; as, the labor of compiling a history.
  • That which requires hard work for its accomplishment; that which demands effort.
  • Travail; the pangs and efforts of childbirth.
  • Any pang or distress.
  • The pitching or tossing of a vessel which results in the straining of timbers and rigging.
  • A measure of land in Mexico and Texas, equivalent to an area of 1771/7 acres.
  • A stope or set of stopes.
  • To exert muscular strength; to exert one's strength with painful effort, particularly in servile occupations; to work; to toil.
  • To exert one's powers of mind in the prosecution of any design; to strive; to take pains.
  • To be oppressed with difficulties or disease; to do one's work under conditions which make it especially hard, wearisome; to move slowly, as against opposition, or under a burden; to be burdened; -- often with under, and formerly with of.
  • To be in travail; to suffer the pangs of childbirth; to be in labor.
  • To pitch or roll heavily, as a ship in a turbulent sea.
  • To work at; to work; to till; to cultivate by toil.
  • To form or fabricate with toil, exertion, or care.
  • To prosecute, or perfect, with effort; to urge strenuously; as, to labor a point or argument.
  • productive work (especially physical work done for wages)
  • any piece of work that is undertaken or attempted
  • the federal department responsible for promoting the working conditions of wage earners in the United States; created in 1913
  • a social class comprising those who do manual labor or work for wages
  • a political party formed in Great Britain in 1900; characterized by the promotion of labor's interests and formerly the socialization of key industries
  • an organized attempt by workers to improve their status by united action (particularly via labor unions) or the leaders of this movement
  • concluding state of pregnancy; from the onset of contractions to the birth of a child
  • undergo the efforts of childbirth
  • strive and make an effort to reach a goal
  • work hard

How to use labor in a sentence. Labor pronunciation.

This brought back the dusty toilers, who sent in a report and ceased from their labors.
The proprietors have combined the capital and labor hinted at in my exordium.
This division of labor, and this appointment, was adhered to throughout the journey.
We could really have accomplished the journey in ten days if we had towed the horses behind the wagon, but we did not think of that until it was too late, and so went on shoving the horses and the wagon too when we might have saved half the labor.
To do either was plainly the labor of months; for we could blast and bore only a few feet a day-some five or six.
Because we judged that we had learned the real secret of success in silver mining-which was, not to mine the silver ourselves by the sweat of our brows and the labor of our hands, but to sell the ledges to the dull slaves of toil and let them do the mining!
Laws, indeed, are fixed in their operation and results as subserving the highest good in the training and the disciplining of the race, giving them hope in their labor and sure expectation of fruit from their toil.
They have ceased to labor with their hands, and, without warrant in the providences of God and the judgment of brethren, have turned from doing their own business, expecting the Lord to pay their debts and provide for their necessities.
The young man recovered, pursued a collegiate and theological course, and still lives and labors as a most devoted and useful Christian pioneer.
A clergyman writes that during the ministration of his labors at Battle Greek, Mich., there were several remarkable manifestations of divine power-especially in the case of a little girl, the daughter of a Mr. Smith, a child of about six years.
From this illness I never recovered so as to labor or walk abroad.
He usually brought home the avails of his week's labor in provisions for the use of his family during the following week; but on one cold and stormy night, in the depth of winter, he went towards his humble dwelling with empty hands, but a full heart.
A poor negro woman, after the death of her husband, had no means of support for herself and two little children, except the labor of her own hands; yet she found means out of her deep poverty to give something for the promotion of the cause of her Redeemer, and would never fail to pay, on the very day it became due, her regular subscription to the church of which she was a member.
I had a wife and five children dependent on me, and for many months was unable to provide for them by my own labors.
I made a minute of the time of day, and when I next saw Simpson, he was attending to his daily labor.
They were quite poor, and wholly dependent upon the labor of a son who worked away from home for others.
She was dependent, for her clothing, upon her labor; her shoes were worn out, and how should she get another pair, unless she could leave the sick bed and go away from home and work and earn some money.
The week passed on, as they all pass, weighted and freighted with human ills; some capable of alleviation, some not; but of the former, a full share had come under the notice and care of the missionary, and Saturday found him stepping into the Fulton street prayer-meeting, N.Y., for fresh encouragement and benediction on his labors.
A very poor Danish girl, broken down in health, utterly unable longer to labor for her own support, was provided with the means, and urged to go to Denmark, as her friend felt sure there was some good in store for her there, meaning, more definitely, the restoration of her health.
A Christian Swedish girl, who had, for three years, done the washing of a certain family, had so interested them by her care of an aged father, and gained their esteem by her humble piety, that, wishing to go to Europe for six months, they offered her two rooms in their house for that time, that she might not only save the labor necessary to pay her rent, but, also, take charge of their effects.

Examples of Labor

Example #1
The Governor was always comfortable about it; he said Mrs. O'Flannigan would hold him for the Brigade's board anyhow, and he intended to get what entertainment he could out of the boys; he said, with his old-time pleasant twinkle, that he meant to survey them into Utah and then telegraph Brigham to hang them for trespass!
Example #2
The surveyors brought back more tarantulas with them, and so we had quite a menagerie arranged along the shelves of the room.
Example #3
They are toiling and probing.
Example #4
It would seem that the ore is combined with metals that render it difficult of reduction with our imperfect mountain machinery.
Example #5
We had no tent, and so we slept under our blankets in the open plain.
Example #6
Young Clagett (now member of Congress from Montana) unharnessed and fed and watered the horses; Oliphant and I cut sagebrush, built the fire and brought water to cook with; and old Mr. Ballou the blacksmith did the cooking.