verb (used without object)
- traumatogenic occlusion,
- travel agency,
- travel agent
Origin of travail
Examples from the Web for travails
He returned home a pauper without a pension and 50 years later, at 70, chronicled the travails of the War of Independence.
The whole history of Western film and TV is mostly the travails of wealthy people with problems only the wealthy can understand.
Ira is classic Moore; his travails feature her signature blend of absurdity and desperation.
It was he who guided us through the travails of early adulthood.
That quip reflected his own travails with thinking outside the box.
The Travails dealt with a matter of ephemeral interest, and would not long have held the public.Francis Beaumont: Dramatist|Charles Mills Gayley
His heart yearns towards them; he travails over them in birth again.The Expositor's Bible: The Epistle to the Galatians|G. G. Findlay
Seeing the splendor reserved for itself, it groans and travails unceasingly.Epistle Sermons, Vol. III|Martin Luther
For duty is God's midwife, sent to deliver the soul that travails in its anguish.St. Cuthbert's|Robert E. Knowles
No more then remember we our pains; our ship-wrecks and dangers are forgotten; we fear no more the travails and the thieves.Some Noble Sisters|Edmund Lee
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.