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.
Examples from the Web for 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|Bel Trew|June 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Leila is not the only one who finds joy in drinking an alcoholic beverage when travelling outside Iran.
Travelling to France, it now seems ludicrous that anyone could have opposed such a convenient route.
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|The Telegraph|February 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Dean Obeidallah|December 17, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Ostensibly his vocation was that of a travelling farm-hand, but it was all ostentation.Sally of Missouri|R. E. Young
The other thing she had to say was this: she had that day met the travelling jeweller to whom she and I had sold my ring.Curious, if True|Elizabeth Gaskell
Clearly they were a travelling company and would never have confined themselves to the costumes of any particular clime.
You might put them into your pocket, bring them with you when you are travelling.Sentimental Education Vol 1|Gustave Flaubert
Further on we caught up with a caravan of travelling merchants with their camels and pack-horses.At the Court of the Amr|John Alfred Gray
British Dictionary definitions for travelling
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
Word Origin and History for travelling
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.