verb (used without object)
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.
British Dictionary definitions for travail
Word Origin for travail
Word Origin and History 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.