labour

Definitions

General English

Cars & Driving

  • verb to struggle to keep turning due to lack of revs or the use of too high a gear

Commerce

  • noun workers, the workforce

Economics

  • noun one of the factors of production, the ability of human beings to do productive work and the number of human beings available to do the work

Law

  • noun he workforce in general

Medical

  • noun childbirth, especially the contractions in the uterus which take place during childbirth

Politics

  • adjective
    (written as Labour)
    relating to the Labour Party in the United kingdom or New Zealand
  • abbreviationLab.
    (written as Labour)

Real Estate

  • noun physical work done by labourers

Origin & History of “labour”

Labour comes via Old French labour from Latin labor. this has been linked with the verb labāre ‘slip’, and if the two were related it would mean that the underlying etymological meaning of labour was something like ‘stumble under a burden’. most of the modern European descendants of Latin labor have progressed from the broad sense ‘work, exertion’ to more specialized meanings – French labourer denotes ‘plough’, for instance, and Spanish labrar ‘plough, carve, embroider’, etc. English has retained it as a formal alternative to work, although the additional obstetric sense developed in the 16th century.
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