Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To go from one place to another, as on a trip; journey.
  • intransitive v. To go from place to place as a salesperson or agent.
  • intransitive v. To be transmitted, as light or sound; move or pass.
  • intransitive v. To advance or proceed.
  • intransitive v. To go about in the company of a particular group; associate: travels in wealthy circles.
  • intransitive v. To move along a course, as in a groove.
  • intransitive v. To admit of being transported without loss of quality; Some wines travel poorly.
  • intransitive v. Informal To move swiftly.
  • intransitive v. Basketball To walk or run illegally while holding the ball.
  • transitive v. To pass or journey over or through; traverse: travel the roads of Europe.
  • n. The act or process of traveling; movement or passage from one place to another.
  • n. A series of journeys.
  • n. An account of one's journeys.
  • n. Activity or traffic along a route or through a given point.
  • n. The activity or business of arranging trips or providing services for travelers.
  • n. The motion of a piece of machinery, especially of a reciprocating part; stroke.
  • n. The length of a mechanical stroke.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To be on a journey, often for pleasure or business and with luggage; to go from one place to another.
  • v. To pass from here to there; to move or transmit; to go from one place to another.
  • v. To move illegally by walking or running without dribbling the ball.
  • v. To travel throughout (a place).
  • n. The act of traveling.
  • n. pl. A series of journeys.
  • n. pl. An account of one's travels.
  • n. The activity or traffic along a route or through a given point.
  • n. The working motion of a piece of machinery; the length of a mechanical stroke.
  • n. Labour; parturition; travail.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of traveling, or journeying from place to place; a journey.
  • n. An account, by a traveler, of occurrences and observations during a journey; ; -- often used as the title of a book.
  • n. The length of stroke of a reciprocating piece.
  • n. Labor; parturition; travail.
  • intransitive v. To labor; to travail.
  • intransitive v. To go or march on foot; to walk.
  • intransitive v. To pass by riding, or in any manner, to a distant place, or to many places; to journey
  • intransitive v. To pass; to go; to move.
  • transitive v. To journey over; to traverse.
  • transitive v. To force to journey.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To labor; toil.
  • To pass or make a journey from place to place, whether on foot, on horseback, or in any conveyance, as a carriage or a ship; go to or visit distant or foreign places; journey: as, to travel for health or for pleasure.
  • Specifically, to make a journey or go about from place to place for the purpose of taking orders for goods, collecting accounts, etc., for a commercial house.
  • In mech., to traverse; move over a fixed distance, as a movable part of a machine. See travel, n., 5.
  • To proceed or advance in any way; pass from onė point to another; move; wander: as, his eye traveled over the landscape; also, to move at a specified gait, pace, or rate: as, that horse travels wide.
  • To walk.
  • To move onward in feeding; browse from one point to another: said of deer, etc.
  • To harass; trouble; plague; torment.
  • To journey through; pass over; make the tour of: as, to travel the whole kingdom of England.
  • To cause or force to journey, or move from plaee to place.
  • n. Labor; toil; effort.
  • n. The act of traveling or journeying; particularly, a journeying to distant countries: as, he is much improved by travel; he started on his travels.
  • n. plural An account of occurrences and observations made during a journey; a book that relates one's experiences in traveling: as, travels in Italy: formerly in the singular.
  • n. Progress; going; movement.
  • n. In mech., the length of stroke of any moving part: as, the travel of the bed of a. planer: the travel of a pendulum. Also called excursion.
  • n. The passage or concourse of travelers; persons traveling: as, the travel was very heavy on outgoing trains and boats.
  • n. Labor in childbirth. See travail, 2.
  • n. Synonyms Voyage, Tour, etc. See journey.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. travel upon or across
  • n. the act of going from one place to another
  • n. self-propelled movement
  • v. make a trip for pleasure
  • n. a movement through space that changes the location of something
  • v. travel from place to place, as for the purpose of finding work, preaching, or acting as a judge
  • v. change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically
  • v. undertake a journey or trip
  • v. undergo transportation as in a vehicle

Etymologies

Middle English travelen, alteration of travailen, to toil, from Old French travailler; see travail.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English travelen ("to make a laborious journey, travel") from Middle Scots travailen "to toil, work, travel", alteration of Middle English travaillen ("to toil, work"), from Old French travailler "to trouble, suffer, be worn out". See travail. Displaced native Middle English faren ("to travel, fare") (from Old English faran ("to travel, journey")), Middle English lithen ("to go, travel") (from Old English līþan ("to go, travel")), Middle English feren ("to go, travel") (from Old English fēran ("to go, travel")), Middle English ȝewalken, iwalken ("to walk about, travel") (from Old English ġewealcan ("to go, traverse")), Middle English swinken ("to work, travel") (from Old English swincan ("to labour, work at")). More at fare. (Wiktionary)

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  • Norwegian Cruise Line is offering what it calls travel protection, starting at $29 per person, that will provide a cash reimbursement of cancellation fees to guests who cancel because they lose their job.

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  • BLITZER: Some JetBlue passengers are furious over what they describe as a travel nightmare.

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  • To do our job right we think this travel is a necessity so that we can better understand local customs, accounting differences, and trading differences between countries.

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  • The word "travel," after all, comes from the Old French travaillier - to labor, or suffer - and drivers were happy to trade the longueurs of the road for something fast, safe and predictable.

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  • But remember, the origin of the word travel, which we now consider synonymous with pleasure, comes from the French travail to toil, or labour.

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  • The word travel, you'll recall, is derived from the word travail, which itself is derived from a word for an instrument of torture.

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