job


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Job \Job\ (j[o^]b), n. [Prov. E. job, gob, n., a small piece of
   wood, v., to stab, strike; cf. E. gob, gobbet; perh.
   influenced by E. chop to cut off, to mince. See Gob.]
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   1. A sudden thrust or stab; a jab.
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   2. A piece of chance or occasional work; any definite work
      undertaken in gross for a fixed price; as, he did the job
      for a thousand dollars.
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   3. A public transaction done for private profit; something
      performed ostensibly as a part of official duty, but
      really for private gain; a corrupt official business.
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   4. Any affair or event which affects one, whether fortunately
      or unfortunately. [Colloq.]
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   5. A situation or opportunity of work; as, he lost his job.
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   6. A task, or the execution of a task; as, Michelangelo did a
      great job on the David statue.
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   7. (Computers) A task or coordinated set of tasks for a
      multitasking computer, submitted for processing as a
      single unit, usually for execution in background. See {job
      control language}.
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   Note: Job is used adjectively to signify doing jobs, used for
         jobs, or let on hire to do jobs; as, job printer; job
         master; job horse; job wagon, etc.
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   By the job, at a stipulated sum for the work, or for each
      piece of work done; -- distinguished from time work; as,
      the house was built by the job.

   Job lot, a quantity of goods, usually miscellaneous, sold
      out of the regular course of trade, at a certain price for
      the whole; as, these articles were included in a job lot.
      

   Job master, one who lest out horses and carriages for hire,
      as for family use. [Eng.]

   Job printer, one who does miscellaneous printing, esp.
      circulars, cards, billheads, etc.

   Odd job, miscellaneous work of a petty kind; occasional
      work, of various kinds, or for various people.

   to do a job on, to harm badly or destroy. [slang]

   on the job, alert; performing a responsibility well.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Job \Job\, v. i.
   1. To do chance work for hire; to work by the piece; to do
      petty work.
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            Authors of all work, to job for the season. --Moore.
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   2. To seek private gain under pretense of public service; to
      turn public matters to private advantage.
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            And judges job, and bishops bite the town. --Pope.
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   3. To carry on the business of a jobber in merchandise or
      stocks.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Job \Job\ (j[=o]b), n.
   The hero of the book of that name in the Old Testament; the
   prototypical patient man.
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   Job's comforter.
   (a) A false friend; a tactless or malicious person who, under
       pretense of sympathy, insinuates rebukes.
   (b) A boil. [Colloq.]

   Job's news, bad news. --Carlyle.

   Job's tears (Bot.), a kind of grass (Coix Lacryma), with
      hard, shining, pearly grains.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Job \Job\ (j[o^]b), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Jobbed (j[o^]bd); p.
   pr. & vb. n. Jobbing.]
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   1. To strike or stab with a pointed instrument. --L'Estrange.
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   2. To thrust in, as a pointed instrument. --Moxon.
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   3. To do or cause to be done by separate portions or lots; to
      sublet (work); as, to job a contract.
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   4. (Com.) To buy and sell, as a broker; to purchase of
      importers or manufacturers for the purpose of selling to
      retailers; as, to job goods.
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   5. To hire or let by the job or for a period of service; as,
      to job a carriage. --Thackeray.
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