[ley-ber] /ˈleɪ bər/
noun, verb (used without object), verb (used with object), adjective, Chiefly British
Related forms
antilabour, adjective
Usage note
See -or1.
Example Sentences for labour
Tax wedges measure the share of labour costs attributable to income taxes and social-security contributions less cash benefits.
Perhaps your advisor wants to use you for free labour.
Netting is labour intensive and still harsh on the bats body.
The labour law is now open and has been for a number of years.
There was no money or labour expended in producing it.
Granted, that leads to a system that recruits graduate students for cheap research labour, instead of cheap teaching labour.
Money is also a store of potential energy that can be released when needed, with the purchase of goods, energy and labour.
Labour unions who dominate the utilities and all the tax money they can levy from it.
The changes that occur may be only incremental or major with a large impact on employment, wages and skills of labour.
To this must be ascribed their disposition to sleep when abstracted from their diversions, and unemployed in labour.
British Dictionary definitions for labour
labour or labor (ˈleɪbə)
1.  productive work, esp physical toil done for wages
2.  a.  the people, class, or workers involved in this, esp in contrast to management, capital, etc
 b.  (as modifier): a labour dispute; labour relations
3.  a.  difficult or arduous work or effort
 b.  (in combination): labour-saving
4.  a particular job or task, esp of a difficult nature
5.  a.  the process or effort of childbirth or the time during which this takes place
 b.  (as modifier): labour pains
6.  labour of love something done for pleasure rather than gain
vb (usually foll by under)
7.  (intr) to perform labour; work
8.  (intr; foll by for, etc) to strive or work hard (for something)
9.  to be burdened (by) or be at a disadvantage (because of): to labour under a misapprehension
10.  (intr) to make one's way with difficulty
11.  (tr) to deal with or treat too persistently: to labour a point
12.  (intr) (of a woman) to be in labour
13.  (intr) (of a ship) to pitch and toss
[C13: via Old French from Latin labor; perhaps related to lābī to fall]
labor or labor
[C13: via Old French from Latin labor; perhaps related to lābī to fall]
'labouringly or labor
'laboringly or labor

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Word Origin and History for labour
British spelling of labor (q.v.); for suffix, see -or. As short for "the British Labour Party" it is from 1906.
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