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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Labor  \La"bor\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Labored};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Laboring}.]  [OE.  labouren,  F.  labourer,  L.  laborare  See 
  {Labor},  n.]  [Written  also  {labour}.] 
  1.  To  exert  muscular  strength;  to  exert  one's  strength  with 
  painful  effort,  particularly  in  servile  occupations;  to 
  work  to  toil. 
 
  Adam,  well  may  we  labor  still  to  dress  This  garden. 
  --Milton. 
 
  2.  To  exert  one's  powers  of  mind  in  the  prosecution  of  any 
  design;  to  strive;  to  take  pains. 
 
  3.  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 
 
  The  stone  that  labors  up  the  hill.  --Granville. 
 
  The  line  too  labors,and  the  words  move  slow.  --Pope. 
 
  To  cure  the  disorder  under  which  he  labored.  --Sir 
  W.  Scott. 
 
  Come  unto  me  all  ye  that  labor  and  are  heavy  laden, 
  and  I  will  give  you  rest.  --Matt.  xi  28 
 
  4.  To  be  in  travail;  to  suffer  the  pangs  of  childbirth. 
 
  5.  (Naut.)  To  pitch  or  roll  heavily,  as  a  ship  in  a  turbulent 
  sea.  --  Totten. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Laboring  \La"bor*ing\,  a. 
  1.  That  labors;  performing  labor;  esp.,  performing  coarse, 
  heavy  work  not  requiring  skill  also  set  apart  for  labor; 
  as  laboring  days. 
 
  The  sleep  of  a  laboring  man  is  sweet.  --eccl.  v.  12. 
 
  2.  Suffering  pain  or  grief.  --Pope. 
 
  {Laboring  oar},  the  oar  which  requires  most  strength  and 
  exertion;  often  used  figuratively;  as  to  have  or  pull 
  the  laboring  oar  in  some  difficult  undertaking. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  laboring 
  adj  :  doing  arduous  or  unpleasant  work  "drudging  peasants";  "the 
  bent  backs  of  laboring  slaves  picking  cotton";  "toiling 
  coal  miners  in  the  black  deeps"  [syn:  {drudging},  {labouring}, 
  {toiling}] 




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