• WordNet 3.6
    • n laborer someone who works with their hands; someone engaged in manual labor
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City
    • n Laborer One who labors in a toilsome occupation; a person who does work that requires strength rather than skill, as distinguished from that of an artisan.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Charles Dickens grew up in extreme poverty. At the age of 10, his father was sent to debtor's prison, his mother forced into menial labor, this brothers and sisters worked in factories, and Dickens himself had to tie and label sacks of lamp black. He would later draw on these experiences in his novels.
    • n laborer One who labors or works with body or mind, or both; specifically, one who is engaged in some toilsome physical occupation; in a more restricted sense, one who performs work which requires little skill or special training, as distinguished from a skilled workman; in the narrowest sense, such an unskilled workman engaged in labor other than that of a domestic servant, particularly in husbandry.
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  • William Morris
    William Morris
    “Art is man's expression of his joy in labor.”
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    “Labor is the beginning, the middle, and the end of art.”
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    “Coming to Rome, much labor and little profit! The King whom you seek here, unless you bring Him with you will not find Him.”
  • Frederic Raphael
    Frederic Raphael
    “The television critic, whatever his pretensions, does not labor in the same vineyard as those he criticizes; his grapes are all sour.”
  • Sir Thomas Browne
    “We all labor against our own cure, for death is the cure of all diseases.”
  • Bible
    “The desire of the lazy kill him; for his hands refuse to labor. [Proverbs 21:25]”


Labor of love - A labor of love is a project or task undertaking for the interest or pleasure in doing it rather than the reward, financial or otherwise.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Written also labourer,


In literature:

If it is always a sin to engage without necessity in servile works on Sunday, it is not equally sinful to labor little or labor much.
"Explanation of Catholic Morals" by John H. Stapleton
Unproductive labor should be avoided as much in physiological as in political economy.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
Private ownership of land is only division of labor.
"What Social Classes Owe to Each Other" by William Graham Sumner
And the societies among which I labored always prospered, and those among which I labored most prospered most abundantly.
"Modern Skepticism: A Journey Through the Land of Doubt and Back Again" by Joseph Barker
Negro laborers are given employment on large buildings alongside of white laborers, and generally give entire satisfaction.
"Twentieth Century Negro Literature" by Various
Even the world outside found an echo of his labors.
"The Triumph of John Kars" by Ridgwell Cullum
Karl Marx about half a century ago taught the absurd doctrine that as all wealth is produced by labor, to the laborers all wealth is due.
"The Red Conspiracy" by Joseph J. Mereto
He would be deceived as to the character of the labors which it is our wish to describe.
"History of Rationalism Embracing a Survey of the Present State of Protestant Theology" by John F. Hurst
A few hours' vigorous labor will accomplish a great deal, and encourage you to continued effort.
"Talks on Manures" by Joseph Harris
Their incessant labors began to tell.
"A History of The Inquisition of The Middle Ages; volume II" by Henry Charles Lea

In poetry:

It is something, yes, all, for us to stand
Clasping by faith our Saviour's hand;
To learn to labor, live and fight
On the side of God and changeless light.
"Nothing And Something" by Frances Ellen Watkins
To this great end, then, let us labor,
Knowing the fruits of our employ,
Shall raise up many a prostrate neighbor,
And fill their grateful hearts with joy.
"Admonition" by James Madison Bell
Palatial homes have they and wealth untold;
Nor need to labor, and no cause for fret,
But deeds of noble sires they ne'er forget;
Deem honor more than gold.
"England's Brave Sons" by Joseph Horatio Chant
The women of a race should be its pride;
We glory in the strength our mothers had,
We glory that this strength was not denied
To labor bravely, nobly, and be glad.
"On The Dedication Of Dorothy Hall" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
For some shall reap that never sow;
And some shall toil and not attain,--
What boots it in ourselves to know
Such labor here is not in vain,
When we still see it so!
"Success" by Madison Julius Cawein
It is all labor's dread
Of war's mad waste and murder,
Praying that peace may spread;
It is all sufferers who heed
The sighing of a brother,
And know his sorrow's need;—
"For The Wounded" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson

In news:

That's why I'm psyched to have a Labor Day bash next weekend.
For a US manufacturing community beset by energy, materials and labor costs and struggling to remain competitive in the global economy, nanotech may have a positive impact that rises far beyond its small scale.
But a growing national call for a shorter work day led to the formation of the National Labor Union that called on Congress to officially trim the workday.
Italy labors to 3-1 win in Armenia in qualifier.
Italy veteran Andrea Pirlo scored one goal and created another as the Azzurri labored to a 3-1 win over Armenia in World Cup qualifying Friday.
Italy labors to 3-1 win in Armenia in qualifiers.
What the NHL's Looming Crack-Up Says About Sports Labor.
A cluster of proletarian workers downing Budweisers after a long day laboring on the assembly line.
The US Department of Labor recently announced nearly $55 million in green jobs grants, as authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act ( ARRA ).
Approximately 10 percent of women will have their water break before the onset of labor.
Payrolls rose less than projected in August and the unemployment rate declined as more Americans left the labor force, indicating the US labor market is stagnating.
It may mean substituting chemical use for a little physical labor, though some will say "low-input" means less labor as well.
Labor's political power extends far beyond the 12% of American workers who are members of labor unions.
Proposed changes by the Department of Labor and the National Labor Relations Board could drastically change how employers interact with their workforce.
Tyler — Tyler Police Department will participate in the Labor Day Holiday "No Refusal " enforcement campaign for this Labor Day Holiday.

In science:

With sufficient labor, this hypothesis could probably be proven for specific values of k , d using computer-aided interval arithmetic analysis along the lines of that in our appendix.
The Satisfiability Threshold for a Seemingly Intractable Random Constraint Satisfaction Problem
As an introductory remark to this section the CALICE col laboration would like to thank the managements and operators of the beam test sites at CERN, DESY and Fermilab for their support of our program in the past years.
Calorimetry for Lepton Collider Experiments - CALICE results and activities
Newman, Scientific col laboration networks. I.
The phase transition in inhomogeneous random intersection graphs
The Robo-AO system has been engineered for straightforward replication at modest cost, with materials (~USD600K) and labor being a fraction of the cost of even a 1.5-m telescope.
Bringing the Visible Universe into Focus with Robo-AO
Knechtli, Discrete symmetries of lattice qcd (and the sf ), Internal notes of the ALPHA Col laboration (2005).
Non-perturbative renormalization of the chromo-magnetic operator in Heavy Quark Effective Theory and the B* - B mass splitting