verb (used without object)
- traumatogenic occlusion,
- travel agency,
- travel agent
Origin of travail
Examples from the Web for travail
I am pregnant, and so near my time, that I already feel the pangs of travail.The Exemplary Novels of Cervantes|Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
A little later he compares the state of the creature to a woman in travail, saying it cries out in its anguish.Epistle Sermons, Vol. III|Martin Luther
The consciousness, however, of a world in travail was always with her.Eve to the Rescue|Ethel Hueston
This was the drag or travail (tra-vay), a cart without wheels (Fig. 3).Stories of Useful Inventions|Samuel Eagle Foreman
In every age, the thought, born of pain, has been reproduced with travail.
Word Origin for travail
"labor, toil," mid-13c., from Old French travail "suffering or painful effort, trouble" (12c.), from travailler "to toil, labor," originally "to trouble, torture," from Vulgar Latin *tripaliare "to torture," from *tripalium (in Late Latin trepalium) "instrument of torture," probably from Latin tripalis "having three stakes" (from tria, tres "three" + palus "stake"), which sounds ominous, but the exact notion is obscure. The verb is recorded from late 13c.