(||La`bi*pal"pus) n.; pl. Labipalpi [NL. See Labium, and Palpus.] (Zoöl.) One of the labial
palpi of an insect. See Illust. under Labium.
(||La"bi*um) n.; pl. L. Labia E. Labiums [L.]
1. A lip, or liplike organ.
2. The lip of an organ pipe.
3. pl. (Anat.) The folds of integument at the opening of the vulva.
4. (Zoöl.) (a) The organ of insects which covers the mouth beneath, and serves as an under lip. It
consists of the second pair of maxillæ, usually closely united in the middle line, but bearing a pair of palpi
in most insects. It often consists of a thin anterior part (ligula or palpiger) and a firmer posterior plate
(b) Inner margin of the aperture of a shell.
(Lab"lab) n. (Bot.) an East Indian name for several twining leguminous plants related to the
bean, but commonly applied to the hyacinth bean
(La"bor) n. [OE. labour, OF. labour, laber, labur, F. labeur, L. labor; cf. Gr. lamba`nein to
take, Skr. labh to get, seize.] [Written also labour.]
1. Physical toil or bodily exertion, especially when fatiguing, irksome, or unavoidable, in distinction from
sportive exercise; hard, muscular effort directed to some useful end, as agriculture, manufactures, and
like; servile toil; exertion; work.
God hath setMilton.
Labor and rest, as day and night, to men
2. Intellectual exertion; mental effort; as, the labor of compiling a history.
3. That which requires hard work for its accomplishment; that which demands effort.
Being a labor of so great a difficulty, the exact performance thereof we may rather wish than look for.Hooker.
4. Travail; the pangs and efforts of childbirth.
The queen's in labor,Shak.
They say, in great extremity; and feared
She'll with the labor end.
5. Any pang or distress. Shak.
6. (Naut.) The pitching or tossing of a vessel which results in the straining of timbers and rigging.
7. [Sp.] A measure of land in Mexico and Texas, equivalent to an area of 177&frac17 acres. Bartlett.
Syn. Work; toil; drudgery; task; exertion; effort; industry; painstaking. See Toll.
(La"bor), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Labored ; p. pr. & vb. n. Laboring.] [OE. labouren, F. labourer,
L. laborare. See Labor, n.] [Written also labour.]
1. To exert muscular strength; to exert one's strength with painful effort, particularly in servile occupations; to
work; to toil.
Adam, well may we labor still to dressMilton.
2. To exert one's powers of mind in the prosecution of any design; to strive; to take pains.