|1.||[ noun ] (work,sociology) a social class comprising those who do manual labor or work for wages|
|Synonyms:||labor proletariat working_class|
"there is a shortage of skilled labor in this field"
|Related terms:||class labor_force prole|
|2.||[ noun ] (biology,obstetrics) concluding state of pregnancy; from the onset of labor to the birth of a child|
|Synonyms:||confinement parturiency lying-in travail childbed labor|
"she was in labor for six hours"
|Related terms:||parturition premature_labor pregnancy effacement asynclitism uterine_contraction|
|3.||[ noun ] (politics) a political party formed in Great Britain in 1900; characterized by the promotion of labor's interests and the socialization of key industries|
|Synonyms:||Labor_Party Labor Labour_Party|
|Related terms:||party Labourite|
|4.||[ verb ] exert oneself, make an effort to reach a goal|
|Synonyms:||labor push drive tug|
"She tugged for years to make a decent living" "We have to push a little to make the deadline!" "She is driving away at her doctoral thesis"
|Related terms:||fight strive press_on push undertaking labor campaign laborer|
|5.||[ verb ] (work) work hard|
|Synonyms:||toil grind labor moil travail dig drudge fag|
"She was digging away at her math homework" "Lexicographers drudge all day long"
|Related terms:||work undertaking labor effort laborer drudgery drudge swot|
|6.||[ verb ] undergo the efforts of childbirth|
|Related terms:||experience give_birth|
|7.||[ noun ] (work) productive work (especially physical work done for wages)|
"his labor did not require a great deal of skill"
|Related terms:||work effort drudgery manual_labor hunt hackwork overwork haymaking corvee slavery roping labor|