Commentary: A regular position that usually earns money. A career. Does not refer to actual work or responsibility, only a position.
John had trouble finding a job after he graduated with a Linguistics major.
My summer job as a lifeguard was a real pain in the butt.
When the economy goes sour, lots of people can lose their jobs.
WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 1
Commentary: The actual work that a person does. Refers to an activity, not a position. Can be a regular activity or a specific piece of work; either paid or unpaid.
When I worked as a lifeguard, my job was to watch the pool.
He came to work and did his job every day.
It's a tough job, but somebody's got to do it.
You did a good job on that midterm.
This looks like a job for Superman!
Painting the barn is going to be a huge job.
I brought my wife to the job site (the site where the task takes place).
WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 4 2 3
Commentary: JOB[+event] The state of being at work. Probably only used in the expression "on the job".
Intelli-Soft has had a record number of on-the-job accidents this month.
WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 5
Commentary: Probably a rare usage; an object that is the subject of a job.
I held the job in my left hand and worked on it with my left.
WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 6
Commentary: A general way of referring to something difficult or problematic.
It's always a job to contact him when he's eating.
WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 7
Commentary: JOB[+event] An act of destruction. Probably only used in the expression "do a job on". This is a specific kind of task.
That barber really did a job on your hair, John.
WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 8
Commentary: JOB[+event] The act of robbing or burglarizing; pulling off a caper. This is a specific kind of task.
The gang pulled off a bank job in St. Louis.
WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 9
Commentary: A character in the Old Testament who suffers a lot. Also used in a metaphoric way for other long-suffering people.
And Job did sacrifice three oxen to the Lord, though the Lord did afflict him with boils.
The prisoner, unjustly convicted of murder, was a patient and Job-like figure.
WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 10 11
Commentary: Part of the title of a book in the Bible. Though the title is named after the character Job, this sense does not refer to him. Used frequently as a shorthand for quotations.
"All the days of my appointed time shall I wait, till my change come," (Job 14:14).
John entertained his little brother by reading aloud from the Book of Job.
WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 13
Commentary: In computer science, a program application that may consist of several steps but is a single logical unit.
I wrote a nifty job for Windows that automatically emails itself to everyone in your address book.
WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 12