What does travail mean?

Definitions for travail
trəˈveɪl, ˈtræv eɪltra·vail

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. parturiency, labor, labour, confinement, lying-in, travail, childbednoun

    concluding state of pregnancy; from the onset of contractions to the birth of a child

    "she was in labor for six hours"

  2. effort, elbow grease, exertion, travail, sweatverb

    use of physical or mental energy; hard work

    "he got an A for effort"; "they managed only with great exertion"

  3. labor, labour, toil, fag, travail, grind, drudge, dig, moilverb

    work hard

    "She was digging away at her math homework"; "Lexicographers drudge all day long"


  1. travailnoun

    Arduous or painful exertion; excessive labor, suffering, hardship.

  2. travailnoun

    Specifically, the labor of childbirth.

  3. travailnoun

    An act of working; labor , labour .

  4. travailnoun

    The eclipse of a celestial object.

  5. travailverb

    To toil.

  6. travailverb

    To go through the labor of childbirth.

  7. Etymology: From travail.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Travailnoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    As every thing of price, so this doth require travail. Hook.

    Such impotent persons as are unable for strong travail, are yet able to drive cattle to and fro to their pasture. Edmund Spenser.

    In the time of her travail twins were in her. Gen. xxxviii.

    To procure easy travails of women, the intention is to bring down the child, but not too fast. Francis Bacon, Nat. Hist.

  2. To Travailverb

    To harrass; to tire.

    As if all these troubles had not been sufficient to travail the realm, a great division fell among the nobility. John Hayward.

    A gleam of light turn’d thitherward in haste
    His travell’d steps. John Milton.

  3. To Travailverb

    Etymology: travailler, Fr.

    I travail not, nor bring forth children. Isa. xxiii. 4.

    She being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. Rev. xii. 2.

    His heart is in continual labour; it travails with the obligation, and is in pangs till it be delivered. Robert South, Serm.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Travailnoun

    labor with pain; severe toil or exertion

  2. Travailnoun

    parturition; labor; as, an easy travail

  3. Travailnoun

    to labor with pain; to toil

  4. Travailnoun

    to suffer the pangs of childbirth; to be in labor

  5. Travailverb

    to harass; to tire


  1. Travail

    Travail was a Christian nu metal / rapcore band based in the Dallas/Fort Worth area in Texas. Fronted by Matt Leslie, it had an intense following at Club 412, a local church-sponsored lounge and music venue located in southwest Fort Worth. Stylistic comparisons were often drawn between their sound and that of secular rock acts popular at the time such as Korn. The band was signed on Pluto Records and then were picked up by national label Metro One. After releasing their second album, Beautiful Loneliness, on the Metro One label, Travail received a nomination for the 2001 Dove Awards in the Hard Music Recorded Song category. Before touring much under the new label, however, Travail broke up. Their most requested song, "Judge Me" is still a very popular song and the video for "Return" is still a popular video among those who enjoy the rapcore/nu metal genre. Guitarist Aaron Wiese later joined the band Spoken, but left in 2008. Members Matt Leslie, Brian Hoover, Daniel McKay, and Duane Smith have started a new band with Travis Knight as their second guitarist. The new band is called "Southern Train Gypsy".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Travail

    trav′āl, n. excessive labour: toil: labour in childbirth.—v.i. to labour: to suffer the pains of childbirth.—p.adj. Trav′eiled (Spens.), toiled. [O. Fr. travail—Low L. travaculum, a shackle—L. trabs, a beam.]

  2. Travail

    tra-vā′ye, n. an appliance used among some North American Indians as a means of transporting sick persons, goods, &c.—a kind of litter attached by two poles on each side to a pack-saddle, the other ends trailing on the ground:—pl. Travaux (tra-vō′). [Fr.]

Editors Contribution


    Isaiah 66:7-11. Realizing that pain and suffering can be good if we look at it with our focus on God. Knowing that HE does love us and that He Alone works all things together for our good. Without Travail, there can be no joy of consolation which is comfort received by another whether through God Alone, or through some one or something from God Who knows all Things. It’s a choice to whether we birth chaos, or blessings into our lives by travail which is painful or laborious effort on our part, coupled with our faith in God, in whom is working all things together for our good and for the good of those whom we love. Travail.

    Submitted by anonymous on October 2, 2019  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of travail in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of travail in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of travail in a Sentence

  1. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    Tout le temps que nous entendons "l'amour est aveugle." mais il est pas vrai. Aveugle est l'engouement, tandis que l'amour voit tout et tout accepter aspect étonnant de la vie. l'amour est fort et permanent engouement vis-à-vis qui est fragile et transitoire. à mon avis, l'amour est comme de la soie, qui est délicate, douce, illuminant et doux - et pourtant si forte qu'aucune force sur terre ne peut déchirer facilement. l'amour est d'accepter l'autre pour de bonnes qualités ainsi que des défauts, et pour les forces autant que les faiblesses. l'amour est de travailler ensemble à travers les défis de la vie, et surmonter les obstacles avec synergie. Je voudrais résumer l'amour dans trois T: la trust, la transparence et le travail d'équipe.

  2. Werley Nortreus:

    Ne regardez pas seulement le succès de quelqu'un, mais regardez tous les efforts et le travail acharné derrière.

  3. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    Lundi semble être le jour le plus incompris et ingrate, même si lundi signifie le début d'une nouvelle semaine de travail, et la meilleure occasion d'un nouveau départ 52 fois par année. à mon avis, quand vous avez une passion pour ce que vous faites dans votre vie, tout et tous les jours de la semaine devient une merveilleuse journée à la hâte. Tous les lundis devient alors magique lundi, au lieu de lundi banal, seulement avec votre amour et passion pour votre travail.

  4. Charles de LEUSSE:

    a seed and a glove, symbol of his action and his work. (une graine et un gant, symbole de son action et son travail.)”

  5. Charles de LEUSSE:

    The work trains the youth. I have a start of old age ... (Le travail forme la jeunesse. J'ai un début de vieillesse ...)

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