Job

Definition of Job

Pronunciation: jǒb
n.1.
1.A sudden thrust or stab; a jab.
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.
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.
4.Any affair or event which affects one, whether fortunately or unfortunately.
5.A situation or opportunity of work; as, he lost his job.
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.
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.
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.
on the job
alert; performing a responsibility well.
v. t.1.To strike or stab with a pointed instrument.
2.To thrust in, as a pointed instrument.
3.To do or cause to be done by separate portions or lots; to sublet (work); as, to job a contract.
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.
5.To hire or let by the job or for a period of service; as, to job a carriage.
v. i.1.To do chance work for hire; to work by the piece; to do petty work.
Authors of all work, to job for the season.
- Moore.
2.To seek private gain under pretense of public service; to turn public matters to private advantage.
And judges job, and bishops bite the town.
- Pope.
3.To carry on the business of a jobber in merchandise or stocks.
n.1.The hero of the book of that name in the Old Testament; the prototypical patient man.
Job's comforter
a - A false friend; a tactless or malicious person who, under pretense of sympathy, insinuates rebukes.
b - A boil
Job's news
bad news.
Job's tears
(Bot.) a kind of grass (Coix Lacryma), with hard, shining, pearly grains.
- Carlyle.

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