labor [-s] n

OFr labor; NW says L. < labo, to fail.

  1. Calling; mission; endeavor; purpose.
  2. Work; travail; arduous effort; physical exertion; (see Exodus 20:9).
  3. Industry; diligent activity; [fig.] buzzing; flying; pollen-gathering.
  4. Sacrifice; exercise; discipline; restraint; rigor; ordeal; effort to control oneself.
  5. Task; chore; housekeeping.

labor [-ed, -eth, -ing] v

Fr. labourer.

  1. Work; struggle; exert energy; put forth an effort; [fig.] accept death.