The Dictionary Project

Word of the Day: Toil

Sep 2, 2019 | The Dictionary Project: Word of the Day

toil / ˈtȯi(-ə)l
noun (1)
1.      excessive physical labor
The highest reward for a person’s toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it.
John Ruskin, 1819-1900
2.      struggle
Trouble springs from idleness, and grievous toil from needless ease.
Benjamin Franklin, 1706-1790
3.      a labor-intensive task or job
Luck is not chance, it’s toil; fortune’s expensive smile is earned.
Emily Dickinson, 1830-1886
noun (2)
1.      a trap; something in which one can get caught
Through many dangers, toils and snares
I have already come;
‘Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far
And grace will lead me home.
from ‘Amazing Grace; by John Newton, 1725-1807
1.      to work hard
The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight,
But they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night.
from ‘The Ladder of St. Augustine’ by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1807-1882
2.      to move with difficulty
On eyes that watch as well as eyes that weep
Descends the solemn mystery of sleep,
Toiling and climbing to the very close,
The weary Body, longing for repose,
On the gained level of the day’s ascent,
Halts for the night and pitches there its tent.
from ‘Sleep, its Resuscitating Power’ by Abraham Coles, 1813-1891

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By PDG Scott McLaughlin

District Governor 2019-2020
PDG Scott is currently serving as an Assistant Rotary Public Image Coordinator for Zone 29 (Region 36). Scott is a member of the Paul Harris Society and Major Donor.Scott is a Rotarian in the Kearney Dawn Rotary Club of Kearney, NE

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