adjective Chiefly British.
- traveling block,
- traveling salesman,
- traveling salesman problem,
- traveling salesperson,
- traveling-wave tube,
- traveller's cheque,
- traveller's joy,
- travelling people,
- travelling salesman
verb (used without object), trav·eled, trav·el·ing or (especially British) trav·elled, trav·el·ling.
verb (used with object), trav·eled, trav·el·ing or (especially British) trav·elled, trav·el·ling.
- 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 complete movement of a moving part, especially a reciprocating part, in one direction, or the distance traversed; stroke.
- length of stroke.
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.
Origin of traveled
Examples from the Web for travelled
Mr Anderson Wheeler travelled from Tanzania where he works as a big game hunter to give evidence yesterday.How A British Aristocrat Used Big Game Hunter’s Sperm To Get Pregnant Without His Permission|Tom Sykes|December 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Carr travelled to London, and borrowed £100 from his mother to buy a car for the operation.
By the time I travelled to Lebanon in late July to visit my parents, ISIS was at the gates, not of our town but of the country.Beirut Letter: In Lebanon, Fighting ISIS With Culture and Satire|Kim Ghattas|September 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It is the third time they have travelled to Canada together and is Charles's 17th official visit to the country.
They often travelled together, picking up one-of-a-kind souvenirs in Asia, Africa, India, and the Pacific.
It was like walking at the bottom of the sea, only things that were thrown at you travelled faster.The Glory of the Trenches|Coningsby Dawson
He travelled extensively in South America; and, among other places, visited the lower valley of the Orinoco.Memoirs of Service Afloat, During the War Between the States|Raphael Semmes
In the country through which we travelled between these great rivers, the Comanians dwelt before it was occupied by the Tarters.
When they travelled it was at the merest snail's pace, and they slept on the road, night after night, in houses prepared for them.The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete|Duc de Saint-Simon
As I travelled along I found the natives unobliging and afraid of me.Unknown Mexico, Volume 1 (of 2)|Carl Lumholtz
verb -els, -elling or -elled or US -els, -eling or -eled (mainly intr)
- the act of travelling
- (as modifier)a travel brochure Related adjective: itinerant
Word Origin for travel
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.