job

Definitions

  • The job that's never ended--Cleaning up for inspection
    The job that's never ended--Cleaning up for inspection
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v job invest at a risk "I bought this house not because I want to live in it but to sell it later at a good price, so I am speculating"
    • v job work occasionally "As a student I jobbed during the semester breaks"
    • v job arranged for contracted work to be done by others
    • v job profit privately from public office and official business
    • n job a damaging piece of work "dry rot did the job of destroying the barn","the barber did a real job on my hair"
    • n job the performance of a piece of work "she did an outstanding job as Ophelia","he gave it up as a bad job"
    • n job the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money "he's not in my line of business"
    • n job the responsibility to do something "it is their job to print the truth"
    • n job a specific piece of work required to be done as a duty or for a specific fee "estimates of the city's loss on that job ranged as high as a million dollars","the job of repairing the engine took several hours","the endless task of classifying the samples","the farmer's morning chores"
    • n job a crime (especially a robbery) "the gang pulled off a bank job in St. Louis"
    • n job a workplace; as in the expression "on the job";
    • n job an object worked on; a result produced by working "he held the job in his left hand and worked on it with his right"
    • n Job a book in the Old Testament containing Job's pleas to God about his afflictions and God's reply
    • n job (computer science) a program application that may consist of several steps but is a single logical unit
    • n Job any long-suffering person who withstands affliction without despairing
    • n Job a Jewish hero in the Old Testament who maintained his faith in God in spite of afflictions that tested him
    • n job a state of difficulty that needs to be resolved "she and her husband are having problems","it is always a job to contact him","urban problems such as traffic congestion and smog"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Miss Job Presley Miss Job Presley
A DUSTY JOB A SURE SALE A DUSTY JOB A SURE SALE
JOB LORD LEARNS A LESSON JOB LORD LEARNS A LESSON
Hybrid Tea. BARDOU JOB Hybrid Tea. BARDOU JOB

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Actor Sylvester Stallone once had a job as a lion cage cleaner
    • Job A piece of chance or occasional work; any definite work undertaken in gross for a fixed price; as, he did the job for a thousand dollars.
    • Job A public transaction done for private profit; something performed ostensibly as a part of official duty, but really for private gain; a corrupt official business.
    • Job A situation or opportunity of work; as, he lost his job .
    • Job A sudden thrust or stab; a jab.
    • Job (Computers) A task or coordinated set of tasks for a multitasking computer, submitted for processing as a single unit, usually for execution in background. See job control language.
    • Job A task, or the execution of a task; as, Michelangelo did a great job on the David statue.
    • Job Any affair or event which affects one, whether fortunately or unfortunately.
    • n Job jōb The hero of the book of that name in the Old Testament; the prototypical patient man.
    • Job (Com) To buy and sell, as a broker; to purchase of importers or manufacturers for the purpose of selling to retailers; as, to job goods.
    • Job To carry on the business of a jobber in merchandise or stocks.
    • Job To do chance work for hire; to work by the piece; to do petty work. "Authors of all work, to job for the season."
    • Job To do or cause to be done by separate portions or lots; to sublet (work); as, to job a contract.
    • Job To hire or let by the job or for a period of service; as, to job a carriage.
    • Job To seek private gain under pretense of public service; to turn public matters to private advantage. "And judges job , and bishops bite the town."
    • Job To strike or stab with a pointed instrument.
    • Job To thrust in, as a pointed instrument.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Four out of five brides in the U.S. have a job
    • job To strike, stab, or punch, as with something pointed.
    • job To drive; force.
    • job To aim a blow; strike at something.
    • n job A sudden stab, prick, or thrust, as with anything pointed; a jab.
    • n job A small piece of wood.
    • n job A lump.
    • n job A particular piece of work; something to be done; any undertaking of a defined or restricted character; also, an engagement for the performance of some specified work: something to do.
    • n job In printing, specifically, a piece of work of the miscellaneous class, including posters, handbills, bill-heads, cards, circulars, small pamphlets, etc.
    • n job An imposition; a trick.
    • n job An undertaking so managed as to secure unearned profit or undue advantage; especially, a public duty or trust performed or conducted with a view to improper private gain; a perversion of trust for personal benefit in doing any work.
    • n job Odd jobs, disconnected, irregular, or trivial pieces of work.
    • job Specifically— Assigned to a special use, as a horse let out or hired by the week or month.
    • job Bought or sold together; lumped together: used chiefly in the phrase job lot, a quantity of goods, either of a miscellaneous character, or of the same kind but of different qualities, conditions, sizes, etc., disposed of or bought as a single lot for a lump sum and at a comparatively low price.
    • job To let out in separate portions, an work among different contractors or workmen: often with out: as, to job out the building of a house.
    • job To let out or to hire by the week or month, as horses or carriages.
    • job To buy in large quantities, and sell to dealers in smaller lots: as, to job cotton; to job cigars. See jobber, 3.
    • job To deal in the public stocks on one's own account. See jobber.
    • job To work at jobs or at chance work.
    • job To let or to hire horses, carriages, etc., for occasional use.
    • job To execute a trust in such a manner as to make it subserve unjustly one's private ends; especially, to pervert public service to private advantage.
    • job To chide; reprimand.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Humphrey O'Sullivan invented the rubber heel because he was tired of pounding the pavements of Boston looking for a job.
    • n Job job a sudden stroke or stab with a pointed instrument like a beak
    • v.t Job to strike or stab suddenly:—pr.p. job′bing; pa.p. jobbed
    • n Job job any piece of work, esp. of a trifling or temporary nature: miscellaneous printing-work: any undertaking with a view to profit: a mean transaction, in which private gain is sought under pretence of public service
    • adj Job of a particular job or transaction, assigned to a special use: bought or sold lumped together
    • v.i Job to work at jobs: to buy and sell as a broker: to hire or let out by the week or month, esp. horses
    • n Job jōb a monument of patience—from Job in Scripture
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Quotations

  • George Allen
    George Allen
    “The tougher the job, the greater the reward.”
  • Eric Butterworth
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    “Our job is not to set things right but to see them right.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “The best leader is the one who has the sense to surround himself with outstanding people and self-restraint not to meddle with how they do their jobs.”
  • Calvin Coolidge
    Calvin%20Coolidge
    “No one every listened themselves out of a job.”
  • John W. Teets
    John W. Teets
    “Management's job is to see the company not as it is... but as it can become.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “If your children look up to you, you've made a success of life's biggest job.”

Idioms

Don't give up the day job - This idiom is used a way of telling something that they do something badly.
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Hatchet job - A piece of criticism that destroys someone's reputation is a hatchet job.
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Job's comforter - Someone who says they want to comfort, but actually discomforts people is a Job's comforter. (Job's is pronounced 'jobes', not 'jobs')
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Jobs for the boys - Where people give jobs, contracts, etc, to their friends and associates, these are jobs for the boys.
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Patience of Job - If something requires the patience of Job, it requires great patience.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Prov. E. job, gob, (n.), a small piece of wood, v., to stab, strike; cf. E. gob, gobbet,; perh. influenced by E. chop, to cut off, to mince. See Gob

Usage

In literature:

The next job was in a brewery, where I labelled beer bottles.
"An Anarchist Woman" by Hutchins Hapgood
Why didn't you leave the job to someone who knew how?
"The Pagan Madonna" by Harold MacGrath
Still an' all, there wasn't nothin' he could do but go on holdin' down his job, which he done until the big bust along the end of October.
"Shoe-Bar Stratton" by Joseph Bushnell Ames
There was a limit to just how much a man could stand, even to hold a job at E Headquarters.
"Eight Keys to Eden" by Mark Irvin Clifton
You can give me a job.
"El Diablo" by Brayton Norton
Now and then you'd find a group of them in one corner discussing a rumor that so and so had lost his job.
"One Way Out" by William Carleton
You couldn't make a job of it; not to say a proper job.
"Somehow Good" by William de Morgan
You, Job Howland, keep the boy and the watch here on the beach.
"The Black Buccaneer" by Stephen W. Meader
I'll make it fifteen pounds if you do the job well.
"The Man Who Drove the Car" by Max Pemberton
No record job this time.
"Dave Porter and the Runaways" by Edward Stratemeyer
Driving, to us, looked like a pleasant job, but Uncle Frank thought it very tiresome, and I can now see that it was.
"A Son of the Middle Border" by Hamlin Garland
But thet's a hell of a job.
"Valley of Wild Horses" by Zane Grey
It looks as if you didn't like a waiter's job.
"Partners of the Out-Trail" by Harold Bindloss
They don't want homes; they want men's jobs.
"Traffic in Souls" by Eustace Hale Ball
The one we've got has been too long on the job.
"The Spoilers of the Valley" by Robert Watson
Peter Nichols' new job was that of a waiter at the tables in the dining saloon.
"The Vagrant Duke" by George Gibbs
The only man in the world I'd like to change jobs with is Santa Claus.
"Mixed Faces" by Roy Norton
Is this job complete?
"Philo Gubb Correspondence-School Detective" by Ellis Parker Butler
Mr. Spokesly had a feeling that to marry into a job had its drawbacks.
"Command" by William McFee
Those jobs were pretty far out to sea, now that I come to think of it.
"Dave Dawson on Guadalcanal" by Robert Sydney Bowen
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In poetry:

'Tain't much of a job to talk about,
But a ticklish thing to see,
And suth'in to do, if I say it, too,
For that second mate was me!"
"A Sailor's Yarn" by James Jeffrey Roche
Who bent his steps from Teman's gate
To comfort Job 's afflicted state;
And, at his griefs severely pain'd,
Silent sev'n days and nights remain'd ?
"Enigma XXXVII." by Elizabeth Hitchener
Little Emma, poor child, ov a neet
Does th' neighbours odd jobs nah and then,
An shoo runs hersen off ov her feet,
For a hawpny, they think for hersen.
"Lamentin' An Repentin'" by John Hartley
MRS. PRICE. Your man has moved your clothes there; 'tis a job
Not suited to my time of life. I've got
A mort o' twinges. What with the rheumatics
And—
"The Wynnes Of Wynhavod. Act IV" by Emily Pfeiffer
And when the great World War began,
To volunteer John promptly ran;
And while he learned live bombs to lob,
James stayed at home and — sneaked his job.
"The Twins" by Robert W Service
Poor Lazarus endur'd more pungent woe,
And Job with heavier troubles was opprest,
(E'en Christ himself did greater undergo)
But they in endless bliss at present rest.
"Reasons To Persuade The Sick To Be Patient" by Rees Prichard

In news:

0Local officials are pushing jobs in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics - also known as STEM careers - as jobs of the 21st century.
Companies added a net total of 67,000 new jobs last month and both July and June's private-sector job figures were upwardly revised, the Labor Department said Friday.
Job seekers line up to get job applications during a one-day hiring event at a McDonald's restaurant August 17, 2010 in Pleasanton, California.
A job seeker shakes hands with an employer at the Veterans On Wall Street job fair in New York.
Job seekers attend the Veterans Affairs Job Fair in Detroit.
In this Tuesday, Aug 21, 2012 file photo, job seekers waited in line at a construction job fair in New York.
A new US job report released on Friday showed employers added 171,000 jobs last month, but the trucking industry is one business that may not be feeling all the benefits of this possible uptick in the community.
The head of the largest trade union federation says President Obama will have to hammer home a message of 'jobs, jobs, and more jobs' to keep the support of white working-class men this election.
A job seeker uses his iPad to fill out job applications at more.
Alberta has the highest job vacancy rate in the country, according to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, and that is translating into close to 55,000 unfilled private sector jobs.
This past Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released the latest national jobs report: 80,000 jobs were created in the past month, and the unemployment rate remains at 8.2.
A man charged with breaking into Steve Jobs' Palto Alto home and stealing $60,000 in Apple hardware and luxury goods — plus Jobs' wallet — has pleaded guilty and apologized to Jobs' widow.
Texas might have a job to fill very soon, and the Big 12 has its second offensive coordinator this week headed to his first head-coaching job.
The 2013 Sundance Film Festival will have plenty of comedies in competition, but the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic "jOBS" that will close out the event.
An analysis of the Census data shows that among tech jobs held by Asians across the Bay Area, 25.5 percent belonged to citizen Asians -- as the Census Bureau classifies them -- with non-citizen Asians holding 24.6 percent of the jobs.
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In science:

The results for some examples like the N-queens problem, graph coloring and job-shop scheduling show that SLDNFA has a polynomial overhead compared to pure CLP-representations.
SLDNFA-system
We do this job only for classical real Lie algebras.
Moore-Penrose inverse, parabolic subgroups, and Jordan pairs
The initialization stage is called by PYUPIN once in each job.
Integration of GRACE and PYTHIA
An adhoc mathematical definition would do the job.
Dynamics of the Subsets of Natural Numbers: A Nursery Rhyme of Chaos
In case a string library is linked this job is performed by Values::Calculate().
AMEGIC++ 1.0, A Matrix Element Generator In C++
We thank the members of the institute for their patience due to inconveniences connected with the permanently on all computers running job “HaufenGross”. T. P. thanks H.
Avalanche statistics of sand heaps
Our job is to determine these coefficients such that this Gal¨erkin operator has exactly the same stencil on every level—fine or coarse.
Variational Principles in General Relativity
Then toroidal desingularization finishes the job.
McKay correspondence for elliptic genera
However, P (ξ ) is WH-elliptic, and we shall now estimate the required radius; in fact, rε = s/aε for arbitrary s > 1 does the job.
Elliptic regularity and solvability for partial differential equations with Colombeau coefficients
It is easy to see that a standard graph search algorithm that keeps track of all the vertices the search has visited can do the job in a time linear in the number of edges of the graph.
Quantum random walks - an introductory overview
The user specifies additional information on a job submission web form.
GRAPPA: Grid Access Portal for Physics Applications
From this, the user selects lists of jobs to monitor.
GRAPPA: Grid Access Portal for Physics Applications
Visual monitors of individual jobs are available upon completion of each job.
GRAPPA: Grid Access Portal for Physics Applications
The user enters grid locations for input and output files, job parameters, etc.
GRAPPA: Grid Access Portal for Physics Applications
Job Description Language (JDL) script to the broker which then resubmits the job to its own resources.
GRAPPA: Grid Access Portal for Physics Applications
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