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1. WordNet® 3.0 (2006)
    n 1: the principal activity in your life that you do to earn
         money; "he's not in my line of business" [syn:
         occupation, business, job, line of work, line]
    2: a specific piece of work required to be done as a duty or for
       a specific fee; "estimates of the city's loss on that job
       ranged as high as a million dollars"; "the job of repairing
       the engine took several hours"; "the endless task of
       classifying the samples"; "the farmer's morning chores" [syn:
       job, task, chore]
    3: a workplace; as in the expression "on the job";
    4: an object worked on; a result produced by working; "he held
       the job in his left hand and worked on it with his right"
    5: the responsibility to do something; "it is their job to print
       the truth"
    6: the performance of a piece of work; "she did an outstanding
       job as Ophelia"; "he gave it up as a bad job"
    7: a damaging piece of work; "dry rot did the job of destroying
       the barn"; "the barber did a real job on my hair"
    8: a state of difficulty that needs to be resolved; "she and her
       husband are having problems"; "it is always a job to contact
       him"; "urban problems such as traffic congestion and smog"
       [syn: problem, job]
    9: a Jewish hero in the Old Testament who maintained his faith
       in God in spite of afflictions that tested him
    10: any long-suffering person who withstands affliction without
    11: (computer science) a program application that may consist of
        several steps but is a single logical unit
    12: a book in the Old Testament containing Job's pleas to God
        about his afflictions and God's reply [syn: Job, Book of
    13: a crime (especially a robbery); "the gang pulled off a bank
        job in St. Louis" [syn: caper, job]
    v 1: profit privately from public office and official business
    2: arranged for contracted work to be done by others [syn:
       subcontract, farm out, job]
    3: work occasionally; "As a student I jobbed during the semester
    4: invest at a risk; "I bought this house not because I want to
       live in it but to sell it later at a good price, so I am
       speculating" [syn: speculate, job]

2. 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.

   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.

   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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3. 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
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4. 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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5. 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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6. The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015)

    All activities involved in completing any
   project on a computer from start to finish.  A job may involve
   several processes and several programs.

   This term originates from a time when a user would manually
   submit a job as a deck of punched cards which would
   typically include source code interspersed with job control
   language instructions to guide phases of the job such as
   compilation, linking, execution and printing.


7. Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
   persecuted, an Arabian patriarch who resided in the land of Uz
   (q.v.). While living in the midst of great prosperity, he was
   suddenly overwhelmed by a series of sore trials that fell upon
   him. Amid all his sufferings he maintained his integrity. Once
   more God visited him with the rich tokens of his goodness and
   even greater prosperity than he had enjoyed before. He survived
   the period of trial for one hundred and forty years, and died in
   a good old age, an example to succeeding generations of
   integrity (Ezek. 14:14, 20) and of submissive patience under the
   sorest calamities (James 5:11). His history, so far as it is
   known, is recorded in his book.

8. Hitchcock's Bible Names Dictionary (late 1800's)
Job, he that weeps or cries

9. Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856)
JOB. By this term is understood among workmen, the whole of a thing which is 
to be done. In this sense it is employed in the Civil Code of Louisiana, 
art. 2727; "to build by plot, or to work by the job," says that article, "is 
to undertake a building for a certain stipulated price." See Durant. du 
Contr. de Louage, liv. 8, t. 8, n. 248, 263; Poth. Contr. de Louage, n. 392, 
394 and Deviation. 

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