labour

Definitions

  • "The women of Bohemia act as bricklayers' labourers."
    "The women of Bohemia act as bricklayers' labourers."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v labour undergo the efforts of childbirth
    • v labour strive and make an effort to reach a goal "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"
    • v labour work hard "She was digging away at her math homework","Lexicographers drudge all day long"
    • n labour productive work (especially physical work done for wages) "his labor did not require a great deal of skill"
    • n labour a social class comprising those who do manual labor or work for wages "there is a shortage of skilled labor in this field"
    • n Labour a political party formed in Great Britain in 1900; characterized by the promotion of labor's interests and formerly the socialization of key industries
    • n labour concluding state of pregnancy; from the onset of contractions to the birth of a child "she was in labor for six hours"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

DIVISION OF LABOUR DIVISION OF LABOUR
THE LABOURERS IN THE VINEYARD THE LABOURERS IN THE VINEYARD
THE LABOUR LORD CHANCELLOR THE LABOUR LORD CHANCELLOR
THE MOUNTAINS IN LABOUR THE MOUNTAINS IN LABOUR

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Labour lā′bur toil or exertion, esp. when fatiguing: work: pains: duties: a task requiring hard work: the pangs of childbirth
    • v.i Labour to undergo labour: to work: to take pains: to be oppressed: to move slowly: to be in travail:
    • v.i Labour (naut.) to pitch and roll heavily
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Quotations

  • Herbert Spencer
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    “All socialism involves slavery. That which fundamentally distinguishes the slave is that he labours under coercion to satisfy anothers desires.”

Idioms

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

In literature:

In certain classes of textile labour the amount of muscular or manual labour given out in a day is larger than formerly.
"The Evolution of Modern Capitalism" by John Atkinson Hobson
The complaint must therefore be limited to the fact that the employer of labour makes a profit.
"British Socialism" by J. Ellis Barker
All sorts of skilled labourers get high wages.
"Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)" by William Delisle Hay
Dr. FOX, my friend and fellow-labourer in the Asylum, had already taught me that it was important early to extract the teeth.
"North American Medical and Surgical Journal, Vol. 2, No. 3, July, 1826" by Various
No detail seemed too trivial for the bestowal of conscientious labour, if it promised a possible return.
"England and Germany" by Emile Joseph Dillon
On the other hand, the application of rational methods requires, in some cases, a formidable expenditure of time and labour.
"Introduction to the Study of History" by Charles V. Langlois
The Irish labourer is differently situated.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
In addition to the share which she took in my Parliamentary labours, your mother undertook the exclusive management at home.
"The Last Voyage" by Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
This is Man, who will not allow him to enjoy in peace the fruits of his long labour and economy.
"The Industries of Animals" by Frédéric Houssay
Women have now entered into labour.
"The Truth About Woman" by C. Gasquoine Hartley
It was Labour Day, and Labour made the day for the Prince.
"Westward with the Prince of Wales" by W. Douglas Newton
I do not seek to terrify any one into a care for the labouring classes, by representing the danger to society of neglecting them.
"The Claims of Labour an essay on the duties of the employers to the employed" by Arthur Helps
As may be seen, I was at the beginning of my labour of civilisation.
"Adventures in the Philippine Islands" by Paul P. de La Gironière
After other labours of this kind, he left his family in distressed circumstances.
"Calamities and Quarrels of Authors" by Isaac Disraeli
Blessed, labour-lightening sanguineness of youth!
"Cedar Creek" by Elizabeth Hely Walshe
But he could command the labour of convicts to do the work: this the New Zealand missionaries could not do.
"A History of the English Church in New Zealand" by Henry Thomas Purchas
Beneath the floor was a large cellar, wherein was a fierce-looking furnace, which on occasion grew very red with its labours.
"Blue Goose" by Frank Lewis Nason
He worked hard as a student, the sheer interest of his labours lightening them astonishingly.
"An Engagement of Convenience" by Louis Zangwill
This finally split the party much as it split our Labour Party.
"The New Germany" by George Young
If the Labourers exult, one cannot say that it is unnatural.
"Rural Rides" by William Cobbett
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In poetry:

Arise, arise! oh, sword! and sweep
One universal morn!
Another throe, thou labouring Deep,
And all the god is born!
"The Young Man's Song" by Sydney Thompson Dobell
I hoped amid the brave and strong
My portioned task might lie,
To toil amid the labouring throng
With purpose pure and high.
"Last Lines" by Anne Bronte
I battle to my latest breath,
Then not my joys but labours cease,
And I am borne to life through death,
Through war to peace.
"Christ's Knight" by Samuel John Stone
Through squalid life they laboured,
in sordid grief they died,
Those sons of a mighty mother,
those props of England’s pride.
"The Day Is Coming" by William Morris
Ah! often when coming from labour,
When I hear the children play,
There rises within me a vision
Of the school-house far away—
"The Old School-House" by Alexander Anderson
In the grave where tyrants thrust them,
lies their labour and their pain,
But undying from their sorrow
springeth up the hope again.
"All For The Cause" by William Morris

In news:

Labour gridlock leaves Caps' Alzner at wit's end.
Hardcore Ford supporters will be irked by city labour deal.
Hardcore Ford supporters will be irked by city labour deal.
President Obama made a campaign-like appearance Monday in Michigan to discuss on-going "fiscal cliff" negotiations and legislation that has roiled worker unions in Michigan, a hub of the labour movement in the United States.
UK's Labour to impose "real" bank split if elected: Miliband.
New CareCards put on indefinite hold because of labour unrest.
Yash Chopra's last labour of love was his dream ever since his last outing as a director with Veer-Zaara.
Radio presenter and former Labour Party MP John Tamihere.
Labour negotiations face 'new normal.
Labour dispute slows border traffic at Windsor, Sarnia.
Manny Malhotra has had it with NHL labour talks.
Crook on Broken Labour Markets, Bartlett Notices That We're Getting Old, WSJ Notices Fannie and Freddie.
Labour turns tables on migration.
The Federal Labour Court last week reinforced the rights of temporary agency workers.
Labour 's Bob Jones is new West Midlands police commissioner.
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In science:

Practical considerations, including the cost of the total assembly labour, suggest reducing the total number of Pb/Scint layers thus decreasing the sampling frequency.
Performance of prototypes for the ALICE electromagnetic calorimeter
Any test of the geometric axioms consistency needs a lot of labour, which can be carried out not always.
Monistic conception of geometry
Examples range from informal contacts in labour market and peer effects in promoting (anti-)social behaviors to inter-firm agreement for R&D .
Phase transitions on heterogeneous random graphs: some case studies
This sufficed for his purposes and would have reduced the labour involved in later calculations.
Archimedes' calculations of square roots
To demonstrate the power of the approach we are motivated by who studies the problem of task allocation and of the evolution of division of labour.
Strategy abundance in evolutionary many-player games with multiple strategies
The reason being, that it is very labour intensive for the Project Manager to find the various problems (refer to Table 1) in a particular project, to which the patterns can be applied.
Identifying Coordination Problems in Software Development: Finding Mismatches between Software and Project Team Structures
Vasantha Kandasamy, W.B., and Smarandache, F., Analysis of social aspects of migrant labourers living with HIV/AIDS using fuzzy theory and neutrosophic cognitive maps, Xiquan, Phoenix, 2004.
Mathematical Analysis of the Problems faced by the People With Disabilities (PWDs)
Enabling older workers to contribute effectively in the three to four decades of life beyond current retirement ages offers a massive improvement in the available labour in the European economy.
FuturICT
Interactions like division of labour or competition for food, territory, and partners, affect the fitness of an individual.
Biological Evolution and Statistical Physics
If the labour involved in constructing these surveys was not enough, remember that the time required to fully exploit them is even larger.
Conference Summary
These systems were constructed by hand, without machine learning, which ensures a certain level of quality, at the cost of a substantial amount of human labour. A major limitation of such hand-generated lexicons is the relatively poor coverage of technical and scientific terms.
Mining the Web for Synonyms: PMI-IR versus LSA on TOEFL
While this recursive method will enable us to find the chromatic polynomial for the poset of Dyck paths for any n, it will be a time-consuming, and labour-intensive process.
Properties of the poset of Dyck paths ordered by inclusion
The second derivation is patterned after Dirac’s classic paper , although it differs from it in its technical aspects — my own presentation requires much less calculational labour.
An introduction to the Lorentz-Dirac equation
It is clear that if we want to write down the expressions exactly for large values of n the computation time and the labour involved starts becoming unmanageable.
On the low temperature series expansion for the diagonal correlation functions in the two-dimensional Ising model
We now reach the pay-off for our labour in the previous sections.
Symmetries, Dimensions, and Topological Insulators: the mechanism behind the face of the Bott clock
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