Travail Definition

Define what is Travail?

1. childbed, confinement, lying-in, parturiency, travail, Labour, Labor (noun)

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

  • she was in labor for six hours.

birthing, giving birth, parturition, birth noun
the process of giving birth.


premature labor, premature labour noun
labor beginning prior to the 37th week of gestation.

2. drudge, Labour, moil, toil, travail, fag, Labor, dig, grind (verb)

work hard.

  • She was digging away at her math homework.
  • Lexicographers drudge all day long.
Synonyms: drudge, Labour, moil, toil, fag, Labor, dig, grind

do work, work verb
be employed.

3. elbow grease, exertion, effort, travail, sweat (noun)

use of physical or mental energy; hard work.

  • he got an A for effort.
  • they managed only with great exertion.

toil, Labor, Labour noun
productive work (especially physical work done for wages).


struggle noun
strenuous effort.

difficulty, trouble noun
an effort that is inconvenient.

least effort, least resistance noun
the least effortful way to do something.

straining, strain noun
an intense or violent exertion.

exercise, exercising, physical exercise, physical exertion, workout noun
the activity of exerting your muscles in various ways to keep fit.

pull noun
a sustained effort.

diligence, application noun
a diligent effort.

overkill noun
any effort that seems to go farther than would be necessary to achieve its goal.

supererogation noun
an effort above and beyond the call of duty.

overexertion noun
excessive exertion; so much exertion that discomfort or injury results.

detrition, friction, rubbing noun
effort expended in moving one object over another with pressure.

Nearby Terms

trave (noun)
a horizontal beam that extends across something

travel (noun)
the act of going from one place to another

travel agency (noun)
an agency that arranges personal travel

travel agent (noun)
someone who sells or arranges trips or tours for customers

travel allowance (noun)
a sum allowed for travel

travel along (verb)
travel along a certain course

travel and entertainment account (noun)
an account to which salespersons or executives can charge travel and entertainment expenses

travel bargain (noun)
a bargain rate for travellers on commercial routes (usually air routes)

travel by (verb)
move past

travel expense (noun)
(frequently plural) expenses incurred by an employee in the performance of the job and usually reimbursed by the employer

travel guidebook (noun)
a guidebook for travelers

travel iron (noun)
a small lightweight iron that can be carried while traveling

travel kit (noun)
a kit for carrying toilet articles while traveling

travel plan (noun)
a proposed route of travel

travel purposefully (verb)
travel volitionally and in a certain direction with a certain goal