- to go from one place to another, as by car, train, plane, or ship; take a trip; journey: to travel for pleasure.
- to move or go from one place or point to another.
- to proceed or advance in any way.
- to go from place to place as a representative of a business firm.
- to associate or consort: He travels in a wealthy crowd.
- Informal. to move with speed.
- to pass, or be transmitted, as light or sound.
- Basketball. walk(def 9).
- to move in a fixed course, as a piece of mechanism.
- to travel, journey, or pass through or over, as a country or road.
- to journey or traverse (a specified distance): We traveled a hundred miles.
- to cause to journey; ship: to travel logs downriver.
- the act of traveling; journeying, especially to distant places: to travel to other planets.
- journeys; wanderings: to set out on one's travels.
- journeys as the subject of a written account or literary work: a book of travels.
- such an account or work.
- the coming and going of persons or conveyances along a way of passage; traffic: an increase in travel on state roads.
- the complete movement of a moving part, especially a reciprocating part, in one direction, or the distance traversed; stroke.
- length of stroke.
- movement or passage in general: to reduce the travel of food from kitchen to table.
- used or designed for use while traveling: a travel alarm clock.
Origin of travel
In American writing, when you have a one-syllable verb that ends with a single vowel followed by a single consonant, and you want to add a regular inflectional ending that begins with a vowel, you double that final consonant before adding -ed or -ing : stop, stopped, stopping; flag, flagged, flagging. This principle also holds for verbs of more than one syllable if the final syllable is stressed: permit, permitted, permitting; refer, referred, referring. If that syllable is not stressed, there is no doubling of the final consonant: gallop, galloped, galloping; travel, traveled, traveling.
British spelling conventions are similar. They deviate from American practices only when the verb ends with a single vowel followed by an l . In that case, no matter the stress pattern, the final l gets doubled. Thus British writing has repel, repelled, repelling (as would American writing, since the final syllable is stressed). But it also has travel, travelled, travelling and cancel, cancelled, cancelling, since in the context of British writing the verb’s final l, not its stress pattern, is the determining factor. Verbs ending in other consonants have the same doubling patterns that they would have in American writing. An outlier on both sides of the Atlantic is the small group of verbs ending in -ic and one lonely -ac verb. They require an added k before inflectional endings in order to retain the appropriate “hard” sound of the letter c : panic, panicked, panicking; frolic, frolicked, frolicking; shellac, shellacked, shellacking. Canadians, of course, are free to use either British or American spellings.
Examples from the Web for travelling
Ahmed, released on bail, managed to avoid being in court for the verdict and is now “travelling” constantly to avoid re-arrest.Al-Sisi’s Egypt Is Worse For Gays Than The Muslim Brotherhood
June 28, 2014
Leila is not the only one who finds joy in drinking an alcoholic beverage when travelling outside Iran.Tehran’s Underground Speakeasies
June 15, 2014
Travelling to France, it now seems ludicrous that anyone could have opposed such a convenient route.Discovering The Charms Of La France Profonde
June 9, 2014
He also challenged how British Muslims who were travelling to Syria were being arrested and questioning by police.Former Guantanamo Detainee Moazzam Begg Arrested Following Compensation Payout
February 26, 2014
Well, Sarah Palin is travelling across the country alerting people that “angry atheists” want to “abort Christ from Christmas.”It’s Conservatives Who Really Want Christ Out of Christmas
December 17, 2013
After travelling about twenty miles, met the party coming all right.Explorations in Australia
For instance, my parents object to Sunday travelling and Sunday visiting.Life in London
"I shall be travelling faster than your cumbersome safari," he objected.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
Whenever we saw any one, we hid ourselves, but we met few while travelling.
I got my travelling companion to recommend a boarding-house, which he did.
- to go, move, or journey from one place to anotherhe travels to improve his mind; she travelled across France
- (tr) to go, move, or journey through or across (an area, region, etc)he travelled the country
- to go, move, or cover a specified or unspecified distance
- to go from place to place as a salesmanto travel in textiles
- (esp of perishable goods) to withstand a journey
- (of light, sound, etc) to be transmitted or movethe sound travelled for miles
- to progress or advance
- basketball to take an excessive number of steps while holding the ball
- (of part of a mechanism) to move in a fixed predetermined path
- informal to move rapidlythat car certainly travels
- (often foll by with) informal to be in the company (of); associate
- the act of travelling
- (as modifier)a travel brochure Related adjective: itinerant
- (usually plural) a tour or journey
- the distance moved by a mechanical part, such as the stroke of a piston
- movement or passage
Word Origin and History for travelling
late 14c., "to journey," from travailen (1300) "to make a journey," originally "to toil, labor" (see travail). The semantic development may have been via the notion of "go on a difficult journey," but it may also reflect the difficulty of going anywhere in the Middle Ages. Replaced Old English faran. Travels "accounts of journeys" is recorded from 1590s. Traveled "experienced in travel" is from early 15c. Traveling salesman is attested from 1885.