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kisahawklin ([personal profile] kisahawklin) wrote in [community profile] 15_minute_ficlets2013-06-09 03:53 pm

Prompt #174

If you wish to do this as a spontaneous exercise, don't look at the word until you're ready to write (I recommend having Write or Die open in another tab). If you're going to mull over the word and write later, peek away.

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Today's word is: labor
la·bor [ley-ber]

1. productive activity, especially for the sake of economic gain.
2. the body of persons engaged in such activity, especially those working for wages.
3. this body of persons considered as a class ( distinguished from management and capital ).
4. physical or mental work, especially of a hard or fatiguing kind; toil.
5. a job or task done or to be done.
6. the physical effort and periodic uterine contractions of childbirth.
7. the interval from the onset of these contractions to childbirth.
8. ( initial capital letter ) . Also called Labor Department. Informal. the Department of Labor.

verb (used without object)
9. to perform labor; exert one's powers of body or mind; work; toil.
10. to strive, as toward a goal; work hard (often followed by for ): to labor for peace.
11. to act, behave, or function at a disadvantage (usually followed by under ): to labor under a misapprehension.
12. to be in the actual process of giving birth.
13. to roll or pitch heavily, as a ship.

verb (used with object)
14. to develop or dwell on in excessive detail: Don't labor the point.
15. to burden or tire: to labor the reader with unnecessary detail.
16. British Dialect . to work or till (soil or the like).
17. of or pertaining to workers, their associations, or working conditions: labor reforms.

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