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(v. t.) To work at; to work; to till; to cultivate by toil.


(n.) To pitch or roll heavily, as a ship in a turbulent sea.


(n.) To be in travail; to suffer the pangs of childbirth.


(n.) 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.


(n.) That which requires hard work for its accomplishment; that which demands effort.


(n.) Intellectual exertion; mental effort; as, the labor of compiling a history.


(n.) 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.


(v. t.) To prosecute, or perfect, with effort; to urge stre/uously; as, to labor a point or argument.


(v. t.) To form or fabricate with toil, exertion, or care.


(n.) A store or set of stopes.


(n.) To exert muscular strength; to exert one's strength with painful effort, particularly in servile occupations; to work; to toil.


(v. t.) To belabor; to beat.


(n.) To exert one's powers of mind in the prosecution of any design; to strive; to take pains.


(n.) A measure of land in Mexico and Texas, equivalent to an area of 177/ acres.


(n.) The pitching or tossing of a vessel which results in the straining of timbers and rigging.


(n.) Any pang or distress.


(n.) Travail; the pangs and efforts of childbirth.

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Webster, Noah. Entry for 'Labor'. Noah Webster's American Dictionary. 1828.

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