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.
Related Words for travellingfly, trek, sail, proceed, migrate, move, visit, drive, cross, carry, tour, transmit, vacation, cruise, go, walk, wander, roam, voyage, traverse
Examples from the Web for travelling
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of travelling
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.
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.